If you are going to learn how to make wine, the Peter Michael Winery (Wine Spectator's #1 wine last year) as well as Chateau Lafite are great places to cut your teeth.
After her stint at Peter Michael, Vanessa Wong started her own label. CEP is her value vision in the Pinot Noir world. But "value" is not the best way to describe this delicious and layered Pinot Noir. Instead, we think CEP is better described as our little secret. Over the past five years, we've noticed an upward trend in Pinot prices, both domestic and abroad. In a world where $40 is now typically the starting point at which we see structure and depth, CEP bucks the trend. At under $30, this delicious Pinot is all estate grown fruit from parent winery, Peay Vineyards. That alone is worth a premium. Add the winemaker pedigree, the coastal influence and a finish that lingers, and you have the formula for a Pinot Noir that over-delivers. Hints of rose petal and cinnamon add attractive layers of complexity. The high toned nose is captivating with raspberry and strawberry notes that mingle with deeper anise and tea highlights. A round and silky mouth feel, refreshing acidity outlines the lasting finish.
We recommend buying 18 or more of this delicious Pinot...here is our logic: 6 for summer, 6 for Thanksgiving (it's never too early) and 6 to bring here and there when you are visiting friends. Enjoy!