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Cinnabar Winery

2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

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SKU: 6753

The Taste


Red Currants, Black Pepper, Loam

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Pinot Noir

Remde Vineyard & Jewel Vineyard

142 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 3, 2017
Released May 1, 2019
Age 5-7 years

The Magic

  • 30% whole cluster fermented in open-top fermenters
  • Aged for 11 months in French oak (33% new)
  • Kept on the lees the whole time in barrel to help keep wine fresh and develop complexity

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

Pinot Noir is considered a noble grape of the Burgundy region in France. It is also grown widely in the Santa Cruz Mountains. By combining grapes from different vineyards within this AVA, we capture characteristics specific to the region: complex aromatics, concentrated flavors, and spice—resulting in elegant, age-worthy wines.

The Land

Remde Vineyard, in Watsonville, is composed of sandy loam soils. Influenced by the maritime climate, wines produced from this vineyard are vibrant and balanced. The warmer climate of Jewel Vineyards produces small clusters of dark fruit that result in complex wines.  

The Season


The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly below-average size crop with good intensity and flavor.

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