About This Wine
In the early 1970s, much of rural Santa Barbara County was devoted to ranching.
That’s still true today, but those ranches now have neighbors: vineyards. Lots of them. All because a few visionaries decided to take a chance on an unproven region, and began planting grapevines.
Four vineyards generally are singled out as being “the first” in the county: Bien Nacido, Firestone, Sierra Madre and Los Alamos. The latter was planted in 1974, and is known for exceptional Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. It also was the “birthplace” of one of the county’s most honored wineries: Au Bon Climat.
Smith & Sons sources its Pinot Noir grapes from Los Alamos, situated in a very cool climatic zone near the town of Lompoc. That climate accommodates a long growing season for wine grapes, enabling them to attain excellent color and rich flavors. Take a sip of Smith & Sons Pinot Noir, and you’re tasting history.
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:Los Alamos Vineyard in Santa Barbara County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Bright Red Cherry, Red Berry, Sandalwood, Toast, Strawberry and Coconut
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionduck dishes, or mushroom risotto.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette With almost any type of salad, we suggest Sauvignon Blanc as a well-matched wine. But because of the cranberry flavor featured in this recipe, you may want to try a wine that includes cranberry among its aromas and flavors. We tried it with a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, and it turned out to be an intriguing and enticing combination. Get The Recipe
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot NoirSyrah. Get The Recipe