2012 Pinot Noir
The grapes used to make this wine were grown in the Santa Maria Hills in Northern Santa Barbara County, California. The vineyard is well established and well known to many along the Central Coast of California. The vines grow on gently sloping hillsides and receive abundant heat and sunshine during the day, while cool ocean breezes and early morning fog keep the evenings cool for optimum ripening.
The aromas are concentrated and powerful; deep cooked cherry and raspberry jam, along with the scent of tanned leather and sweet tobacco, wood smoke, and notes of clove and allspice. The wine is a mouthful with loads of ripe fruit; no shrinking violet here! It is fleshy, not overly tannic, with a smooth and creamy mouth-feel and a rich and long finish.
Food parings could include strong cheeses, slow cooked stews and ragouts, anything with mushrooms, and wild game.