Fleur de California Monterey Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
Fleur de California Monterey Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label

Fleur de California Monterey Pinot Noir 2014

    750ML / 13.85% ABV
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    750ML / 13.85% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Keeping the sugars and acids in line results in wines that exhibit the brightest fruit aromatics. In the mouth, flavors of freshly picked raspberries and strawberries explode across the palate with subtle hints of peppery spice and tea. the mouthfeel is supple, rich, and elegant - as you would expect from a Ken Foster/Francis Mahoney Pinot Noir.

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    The Fleur wines, owned by Francis and Kathy Mahoney, are crafted to deliver layers of accessible fruit without a heavy-handed oak presence. Through the years, the package has changed a bit, but all of the Fleur wines continue to represent a great value that compliments food wonderfully, and can be enjoyed with anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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    A geographic and climatic paradise for grape vines, Monterey is a part of the greater Central Coast AVA and contains within it five smaller sub-appellations, including Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, San Bernabe, Hames Valley and the famous Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is relatively warm but tempered by cool, coastal winds, allowing the regions in Monterey County an exceptionally long growing season. Bud break often happens two weeks sooner and harvest tends to be two weeks later compared to other surrounding regions.

    Monterey’s coastal side, where the cooling ocean fog allows grapes to develop a perfect sugar-acid balance, excels in the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Warmer, inland subzones are home to fleshy, concentrated and full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

    Chardonnay, covering about 40% of vineyard acreage, is the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.

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    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.”

    EPC35011_2014 Item# 187918

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