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Cinnabar Winery

2016 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey Image

2016 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey

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SKU: 5614

The Taste


Black Cherry, Mushroom, Vanilla

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Pinot Noir

Tondre Grapefield

147 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 12, 2016
Released Feb. 1, 2018
Age 5–7 years

The Magic

  • 3 days cold soak (30% whole cluster)
  • Fermented 12 days in plastic open-top bins
  • Fermented warm to 85 degrees
  • Punched down 2–3 times daily
  • Aged 11 months in French oak (60% new)

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

Pinot Noir is an early maturing, cool climate variety that is associated with both the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. The clones planted at Tondre Grapefield are Pommard 4 and 777. Pommard 4 produces wines more in the Old World style, with earth, loam, and mushroom character; whereas, 777 is a Dijon clone that brings a bright, fruity character to Pinot Noir.

The Land

Tondre Grapefield is located on the east side of the Santa Lucia Highlands in the cool northern part of the Salinas Valley. This vineyard is a newer planting of Pinot Noir vines in mainly sandy loam soils. The vines are planted 20 degrees north-south and east-west, allowing maximum, even sun exposure.

The Season


2016 saw more rainfall than in the previous five years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought.  Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size.

91 pts – Wine Enthusiast (Nov. 2018) 

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