Over the years, we've found that some of the most mouthwatering, heart-throbbing, juicy, Pinot Noirs come from a specific micro-climate in California known as Los Carneros.
It's All About Terroir!
Fog. Fog. Fog. The cool breeze from the San Francisco Bay mixed with warm afternoons create the perfect cocktail for Los Carenos' best ingredient, a blanket of fog.
Unlike anywhere else in California, this particular misty canopy produces a riveting combination of plush fruit, tannins, and acidity.
Rich cherry, dried rose, and a dollop of black cherry on entry. Secondary notes offer raspberry, cranberry, spice, sandalwood and tobacco. Sensational acidity balances the fruit. Undertones of earth and forest floor offer a rustic, Old World kick to this - did we already say - riveting red.
I cannot stress enough how passionate I feel for this Pinot Noir; it's among one of the best values we have had the fortune of tasting this season. Enjoy over the next 5 years as a core Pinot in your collection.
It is already a staple of mine!
By Steven Bedrosian
THE MERCHANT'S MARK
95 / 100
Deep cherry, strawberry, dried spice, and roasted barrel accents. The single vineyard Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir from Coho is riddled with orange zest and red apple peel, dried rose, and a dollop of black cherry. Secondary notes offer sandalwood and tobacco. Sensational acidity balances the fruit. Undertones of earth and forest floor offer a rustic, Old World kick to this riveting red.