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David Bruce Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir 1997

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

This wine combines fruit from our Estate Vineyard with that of three others in our own Santa Cruz Mountains. Grown at elevations ranging from 600 to over 2000 feet, these vineyards share a strong Pacific influence that cools the fruit and extends the growing season. The result is a wine with exceptional fruit, structure and depth. The nose offers ripe cherry and strawberry aromas with toasted oak and a hint of vanilla beneath. The palate is surprisingly supple and will drink well in its youth, or evolve nicely for five or more years with proper cellaring.

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David Bruce

David Bruce Winery

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David Bruce Winery, Central Coast, California
1997 Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir
Nestled amid the redwoods high in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco is the David Bruce Winery. Success based on passion and devotion to wine for 37 years. Always pursue bold flavors and rich styles in selected small lots. Offers Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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