Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2004
Grapes from Santa Lucia Highlands provide much of the backbone and tannic structure — showcasing dark, brooding and spicy flavors. San Benito County Pinot Noir grapes give some additional weight and complexity to the wine, exhibiting classic Burgundian forest floor and truffle undertones Pinot Noir grapes from Vina del Rey unveil lighter, more delicate flavors of strawberry and other red berry fruits. Finally, a dash of Malbec leaves the wine with generous mid-palate sweetness and juicy red berry fruit character.
After primary fermentation, Twin Fin Pinot Noir was aged in new — two year old French (80%) and American (20%) oak for 10 months. This gives the wine added complexity, while protecting the inherent fruit flavors of the blend.
This is an easy wine to enjoy — matching beautifully with everything from swordfish to a slab of baby back ribs. The bright fruit flavors and delicate tannins make Twin Fish California Pinot Noir a flexible companion for your next cookout.
“Twin Fin is all about fun: relaxed, and always comfortable,” says Sam. “Good wine is like those experiences that become memories, where the horizon signifies not an end, but a beginning—of the next wave, the next adventure, the next possibility. It’s where quality and personality, character and substance all meet in one bottle.”
Hugh and Sam are not what you’d expect from winemakers; these guys are better. While they both have impressive backgrounds – Hugh graduated from Australia’s top winemaking school and Sam has worked with wineries in all of the major wine regions of Australia – they also know how to have a good time. They really live in the spirit of the wine they create: people that work hard and play hard.
“We get the grapes from select vineyards along California’s Central Coast,” says Sam. “That gives us great wine quality, and a chance to travel to all the places we love to visit.” This winemaking duo makes six wines: Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. The wines are fresh and fruit-driven and offer tremendous quality for the price—just right for everything from beach barbecues to dinner with the in-laws. “The perfect night, the perfect friends and the perfect wine—it’s that easy with Twin Fin,” says Hugh.
Internationally recognized for gorgeous, pure fruit combined with great elegance, California Pinot noir thrives among the state’s cooler, coastal zones. Characterized by eclectic flavors and aromas of strawberry, black cherry, plum and potpourri with notes of forest floor, mushroom or black tea, the best California Pinot noir boast a supple texture and good acidity, giving them the ability to improve with age.
Credited with the beginning of Pinot noir’s glory in California, two growers, Joe Rochioli and Joseph Swan in the late 1960s independently planted Pinot noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Today Sonoma County remains the leading producer of Pinot noir in the state, and Pinot noir is the leading red grape in the county, achieving its highest potential, in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.