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Flying Goat Cellars Rio Vista Vineyard Clone 2A Pinot Noir 2010

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Our shy teenager has evolved into Mrs. Robinson. This vintage of 2A offers a garnet color with the spicy characteristics of ground Jamaican Blue coffee on the nose. Blue fruit and tannins coat the palate with a smooth transition at the finish.

Enjoy the full bodied acidity with your favorite heavy proteins, as this is a more structured wine. It's also delicious with mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese, grilled vegetables, flatbread with caramelized shallots, goat cheese and chanterelles. Desserts include blueberry compote or tart or bittersweet chocolate. Great aging potential 5-8 years.

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Pinot Noir specialist Norm Yost hits the varietal’s geeky purists with a straight clonal take, pulling just Clone 2A to deliver this wine. The nose is lighter, with cranberry, leather, butter, vanilla and root beer aromas. Meanwhile the palate is stronger—soft but a tad tannic on entry, with licorice and charred pepper steak on the finish. Equally elegant and forceful.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Medium brick, red color; fine, subtle and nicely developing aroma, excellent depth; medium bodied, fine edge on the palate; dry, nice acidity, well balanced; mineral, red fruit and creamy wood in the flavors, evolving now, medium finish, earth in the aftertaste. Drinking quite well now, will continue to improve over the next few years. (Best Served: 2014-2018)
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Norm Yost has been making wine for over thirty vintages and has a particular passion for Pinot Noir. In 2000, he launched his own label, Flying Goat Cellars, specializing in vineyard designated Pinots from California’s Central Coast.

Two pygmy goats, Never and Epernay, inspired Norm to name his winery Flying Goat Cellars. The goats were his pets and lawnmowers and came to be a source of entertainment and enjoyment, with their unrestrained spiral loops, flipper turns and straight-legged leaps. When pondering a name for his new wines and brand, Norm wanted to project fun, enjoyment, and happiness. While many people put their own name or their children’s name on their label or vineyard, Norm’s playful spirit opted to name it after his kids. His kids, of course, were those two pygmy goat pets, who had always inspired him and made him laugh.

Norm shared his passion with Kate Griffith by courting her with his first release of Goat Bubbles in 2006. We don’t know if it was the bubbles or the winemaker's charm but it culminated in a marriage and a family of wines.

Now Flying Goat Cellars produces about 2,500 cases a year and includes three labels: Flying Goat, Goat Bubbles and YNOT. Flying Goat focuses on vineyard designated Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris. Goat Bubbles offers four vineyard designated sparkling wines: Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Crémant, all made in the traditional méthode champenoise with the secondary fermentation in the bottle. YNOT is Pinot Noir blended from the finest of Santa Barbara County vineyards.

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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.

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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.”

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