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Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Item no. 102430
Located south of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, Central Avenue Vineyard produces striking yet friendly wines because of its moderately warm days, cool nights, and shale loam soil. This delicate wine offers floral and violet aromas, followed by bright cherry fruit flavors. Its complex aromas make it a perfect accompaniment for afternoon entertaining or lighter meals. Pair this wine with luncheon salads, seafood, or chicken dishes.
Handpicked fruit was gently crushed on top of approximately 10% whole cluster grapes and allowed to "cold soak" for 72 hours. A highly specialized yeast provided a slow, cool fermentation to help preserve the delicate aromas and flavors characteristic of Pinot Noir. Pressed directly into French oak barrels, the wine was then aged for nine months before blending bottling.
Floral aromas of violet and rose petals are nicely complimented by dark cherry fruit flavors and caramel, a result of French oak aging. This Pinot Noir is a perfect accompaniment to afternoon entertaining or lighter meals. Being quite versatile, it pairs well with luncheon salads, seafood, pork, or chicken dishes.
Impressive for the way the cherry fruit explodes in the mouth, so rich and opulent, then turns wonderfully dry and clean on the finish. It’s a beautiful Pinot Noir, silky and spice. At this price it’s perfect for restaurants. Editor’s Choice