El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018
An ode to the ancient seafloor in which our vineyards are planted and the cool Pacific breezes that help Pinot to thrive in the Sta. Rita Hills. You can taste those maritime roots in its concentrated fruit, balanced acidity, and fascinating minerality.
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Aged 15 months in French oak, this wine is named for its source’s proximity to the ocean and the soils that blanket ancient seabeds. Bright aromas of red rose petals, damp leaves, and cranberry cola precede notes of underbrush and dried blue flowers on the palate. The acidity is streamlined and the mouthfeel silky, with flavors of earth, slate, pomegranate, red tea, and cinnamon.
El Pino Club is for Pinot fanatics: people who love this fickle, funky grape that defies expectations and always surprises. The curated collection of exceptional wines in El Pino Club hail from the coastal corners of the world where the grape thrives, allowing Pinot lovers to see the world through the eyes of this wonderful little grape. To fully appreciate the range of Pinot Noir requires a journey, and the charismatic Pinot Noirs that make up El Pino Club are ready and willing guides through the world’s most acclaimed AVAs. To capture the fullest expression of terroir, each wine is entrusted to a winemaker expert in the nuances of their region’s Pinot Noir. The winemakers in ‘the Club’ are given creative license to artfully blend clones selected from their best estate vineyard blocks. Their passion and individual winemaking styles result in site-specific wines that showcase the best of their region’s Pinot Noir.
Every wine in El Pino Club is a unique and lovably- quirky character, bursting with personality, and undeniably true to itself. As individual cast members they are an ode to the lands and hands that produce them, and as an ensemble, they celebrate the full range and charm of this legendary varietal.
A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.
The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.
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.”