Divine. Educated. Graceful.
Rich color hints at the boldness of this full-bodied Pinot Noir. Warm aromas of toasty oak fill the glass and lead to a well-structured, luscious weight on the palate. Densely delicious, earthy flavors mingle with notes of cherry and red plum while a backdrop of sweet spices adds complexity. Bright acidity carries through to the strong, lingering finish.
Due to its soft tannins and bright acidity, this wine pairs well with seafood, lightly smoked meats and chicken, as well as root vegetables and mushrooms.
Our Pinot Noir is blended from Three Counties to ensure it is fruit-forward with well-integrated tannins. Every year, our Winemaker Linda Trotta hand-selects vineyards from each county to complete this blend. The portion from each county depends on the growing conditions of that vintage.
SAN BENITO COUNTY brings structure as well as darker fruit and earthy notes.
MONTEREY COUNTY allows for a nice texture on the middle palette.
SONOMA COUNTY imparts elegance and a red fruit profile into the wine.
In the Winery
This wine is macerated on the skins for a portion of time ranging from 10-14 days before fermentation. Daily pump-overs are used to extract flavor and color. A short fermentation at a cooler temperature preserves the ripe fruit flavors. The new French Oak barrels, used for a significant portion of this blend, provides an integration of oak notes including sweet spices and vanilla.
Intelligent. Enchanting. Refined.
This food-friendly Chardonnay shows juicy, fresh fruit aromatics and flavors of apple blossom, honeydew melon, guava and grapefruit zest. The creamy texture and rich flavors of toasted oak are framed by a bright acidity that lifts the fruit and leaves a lingering finish that will keep you wanting more.
This wine is the perfect complement to light salads, pastas and pizzas, as well as shellfish, grilled fish and grilled chicken.
Among the redwood forests and golden hillsides surrounding vineyards north of San Francisco along Sonoma’s coastal range are sites that produce elegant Chardonnay. The marine influence, California sunshine and soil types allow Chardonnay to ripen slowly over a long growing season. Every year, our winemaker hand-selects desirable vineyards sites from microclimates in the Sonoma Coast, which ensures grapes reach their full ripeness and expressiveness.
In the Winery
More than 50% of this wine is barrel-fermented, goes through malolactic fermentation and receives fine lees stirring. This enhances the integration of toasted oak notes and creates a rounder, creamier flavor and texture, which is especially noticeable in the creamy finish. The residual malic acid adds crispness to this wine.