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Cinnabar Winery

2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County

2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County

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/ 750 mL
SKU: 5202

The Taste


Cherry Compote, Smoky Rose, White Pepper

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Pinot Noir

Escolle Vineyard

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

The Magic

  • 5 days cold soak
  • Fermented 14 days in open-top plastic bins (30% whole cluster)
  • Fermented warm to 85°
  • Punched down 2-3 times per day
  • Barrel aged 11 months in French oak (50% new) 
  • Bottled unfiltered

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


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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