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Cinnabar Winery

2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

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SKU: 5200

92 points - Wine Enthusiast (November 2018)

The Taste


Red Cherry, Cardamom, Sage

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Pinot Noir

Pearson, Saveria, and Jewel Vineyards

490 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 3- Oct 2, 2015
Released May 3, 2017
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • 30% whole cluster fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks
  • Punched down and pumped over 2-3 times per day
  • Aged for 11 months in French oak (35% new)

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

By combining grapes from different vineyards within the Santa Cruz Mountains, we capture characteristics specific to the region that includes complex aromatics, concentrated flavors and spice. The result is an extraordinarily elegant finished wine. 

The Land

The warmer climate vineyards of Pearson (in Woodside) and Jewel (off Summit Road) produce small clusters of dark fruit that provide the muscular component for this wine. Saveria Vineyard lies in a cooler location near Corralitos, which produces fruit that leads to graceful yet powerful wine. 

The Season


In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.

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