About This Wine
Pinot Noir is a winegrape variety that prefers cool climes.
In California, that means growing areas that are relatively close to the Pacific Ocean. In the northern part of the state, the Russian River Valley, the Sonoma Coast and the Carneros appellations all have gained reputations for producing expressive Pinot Noir grapes.
To the south, the Central Coast region is home to a pair of Pinot Noir-friendly growing areas: Monterey County and Santa Barbara County. For its 2009 bottling of Pinot Noir, 30 Degrees sourced grapes from both of those areas — specifically, the Alta Loma Vineyard in Monterey County, and Los Alamos Vineyard in Santa Barbara County.
In both growing areas, the grapes benefited from extended hang time during the harvest season, which concentrated their aromas and flavors. The finished wine? It’s an absolutely delicious expression of the variety, brimming with fruit and oak nuances, and crafted in an easy-drinking and easy-to-like style.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Monterey County and Santa Barbara County
- Aromas & Flavors:Caramel, Toast, Bing Cherry, Sandalwood, Coconut and Strawberry
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionprime rib, or a roast beef sandwich.
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