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Point Concepcion Salsipuedes Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Rich flavors of dark fruit and hints of sassafras and earth. Big and juicy with acidity that supports upfront, sappy flavors of black cherry and blackberry, yet is fully ripe. Ready to drink but has tannin for age worthiness that is evident in the dark color and lengthy finish.

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    Point Concepcion

    Point Concepcion

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    Point Concepcion, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    We established Point Concepción Wines in 2002 with the goal of producing food-friendly wines from California’s Central Coast which are ready to drink and enjoy upon release. As with all wine and food, where it is grown is the key ingredient to creating a delicious and memorable product. Point Concepción itself is the dramatic marker of California’s Central Coast – a superlative place for growing food and food-friendly wines.

    The roots of our winemaking are found in the Italian traditional pairing of food and wine at mealtime. Our family has been making wine for consumption with food for many generations in Italy. Peter is the fifth generation of his family in California but the first one born in California. His great, great grandfather was the first to come from Italy and he then founded a restaurant and hotel in San Francisco which was unfortunately destroyed in the fire and earthquake of 1906. Subsequent generations, though born in Italy, have lived and farmed in the California Central Coast since the early 1900's.

    Santa Barbara

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    With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

    Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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