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Cinnabar Winery

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

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$44.00
/ 750 mL
SKU: 5202

The Taste

 

Cherry Compote, Smoky Rose, White Pepper

The Science

Alcohol
13.8%

pH
3.54

Acidity
0.58mg/100ml

Varietal Content
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyards
Escolle Vineyard

Stats
238 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 2, 2015
Released Feb. 1, 2017
Consume: 5-7 years

The Magic

  • Hand harvested September 2, 2015
  • Barrel aged 11 months in French oak barrels (50% new) 

The Alchemists

 

George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

This Pinot Noir clone is Pommard-5, an early maturing, cool climate variety associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is valued for its ability to produce wines with structure, density, chewy texture, and great aromas.

The Land

Just a few miles downwind from Monterey Bay, the east-facing Santa Lucia Highlands were first planted with grapes by Franciscan missionaries in the 1790s, but not declared an official AVA until 1991. The breezes from the bay keep the region cool, allowing the slow ripening of feminine-style Pinot Noir fruit.

The Season

 

2015 marked the 4th year of drought in California. Cool weather during bloom in May and June led to a remarkably early harvest, resulting in lower yields, but fruit with concentrated flavors and colors.

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