Dolin, Pinot Noir 2013, Santa Maria Valley, California
Tasting Note: A vibrant, flavorsome pinot noir that is swelling with lush, delicious red fruit.
Medium-intensity ruby in color, this wine has a medium-plus-intensity nose of raspberry, red plum, red currant, red cherry and blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied pinot noir has bright, deep, medium-plus-intensity, red-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and ripe, medium-plus tannin.
There is midpalate complexity, flavor depth and balance between the fruit and tannin structure.
A pinot noir to enjoy at home or bring to a dinner party.
Bottle Note: This wine was produced with grapes from select vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, a funnel-shaped valley in northern Santa Barbara County. It opens to the Pacific Ocean through an east-west mountain range, making it one of the most unique grape growing regions in the world. Winds from the northwest push cool air into the valley like a funnel, creating a truly cool climate and one of the longest growing seasons in California. The extended hang-time results in grapes with highly concentrated flavors and balanced natural acidity. The soils are comprised of sand, chalk and marine loam, that provide good drainage – ideal for growing grapes with complex flavors.
Price: $45 (I paid $17)
Tasting Date: August 28, 2019