Charles Woodson’s Intercept Intercept Pinot Noir 2017
Garnet in color, with aromas of strawberry, pastry cream, and nutmeg. This wine is medium-bodied with dusty fine-grained tannins and a long juicy finish. Enjoy with grilled salmon, braised duck, or stuffed Portobello mushrooms.
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Charles’ love of wine was fostered during spring training for the Oakland Raiders in Napa Valley. He went on to launch a Napa Cab under his label TwentyFour, and wines from the brand would make Wine Spectators lists of Top 100 Wines of the Year. Knowing he would deliver, his fans soon began requesting a more affordable, everyday brand that didn’t sacrifice on quality.
Charles Woodson brings the same passion and hard work to his wine as his once-in-a-lifetime football career. With Intercept, the defensive great delivers Paso Robles and Monterey wines with diversity and complexity that reflect his own storied journey.
Perhaps the most highly regarded appellation within Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA benefits from a combination of warm morning sunshine and brisk afternoon breezes, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and fully. The result is concentrated, flavorful wines that retain their natural acidity. Wineries here do not shy away from innovation, and place a high priority on sustainable viticultural practices.
The climatic conditions here are perfectly suited to the production of ripe, rich Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These Burgundian varieties dominate an overwhelming percentage of plantings, though growers have also found success with Syrah, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”