About This Wine
Some wineries languish in relative obscurity for years.
Others hit it big right out of the gate. Villa San Maurice was one of the fortunate estates to earn early acclaim for its exceptional bottlings. The variety that put Villa San Maurice on the map? Pinot Noir.
It was in 2001 that the winery introduced its Monterey cuvee to the marketplace, and it immediately received rave reviews. From there, San Francisco entrepreneur Kevin Shannon set about turning Villa San Maurice into a premier multi-appellation winery, procuring specific varieties from specific regions in order to make the best wines possible.
Monterey County has proven to be one of California’s quality capitals for Pinot Noir, a variety that shines in cooler climes. Great care is taken in the vineyard to assure that this finicky variety attains full ripeness, and from there, it’s simply a matter of allowing the grapes to express themselves in the finished wine.
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, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Meat, Savory Herbs, Red Cherry, Sandalwood, Espresso and Warm Cedar
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or grilled salmon.
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