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Adelaida Pinot Noir HMR Estate Vineyard, Paso Robles 2011
Combining mostly fruit from our upper West-West block of our HMR Vineyard. From its initial terra cotta robe, the color gives way to hints of citrus peel, rhubarb, and Darjeeling tea followed by mineral etched flavors of tart berries and fine-grained tannins. A bit of aeration reveals an intriguing Kona coffee grippy-fruitiness woven with dried flowers and an eau-de-vie raciness. Drink through 2016. 194 cases produced. $40/ $32 club.
Adelaida Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills 2011
La Encantada lies on Santa Rosa Road, 1 mile from the celebrated Sanford and Benedict Vineyard, some 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This newly created appellation, within the larger Santa Barbara AVA. Planted by Richard Sanford in 2000, this certified organic vineyard is located on a ridge which straddles the Santa Ynez Valley. Unusually cool vintage of 2011 gave us ripe fruit with firm natural acidity. Still evolving, the wine’s shy nose hints of violet pastille leading to crisp flavors of cranberry and citrus peel and a salivating finish of chiseled minerality and clove spice. Pair with grilled salmon. Drink through 2016. 165 cases produced. $40/ $32 club.
Adelaida Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands 2011
A serendipitous wine resulting from single vineyard selection. Fruit was sourced from just a few rows of the 200 acre Santa Lucia property, and is based on a variety of clonal attributions: Pommard 5, 777 and Calera.
The site sits between 300-600 ft. of elevation, in the southern half of the Highlands, above the marine layer and on the sun kissed southeast slopes. Planted in 2002 on ancient alluvial rocky, “The Doctor’s” experiences an extremely long growing season due to the coastal influence of nearby Monterey bay. The wine shows the bolder fruit signature of its Highland location with classic ripe cherry, and lightly smoked black fruits. With further reflection one recalls marionberry cobbler, followed by Darjeeling tea infused with cinnamon stick. Very forthcoming for a young vintage, the wine is accessible and should be enjoyed now through 2016. 231 cases produced. $40 /$ 32 Wine club
Adelaida Pinot Noir Left Coast Cellars Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011
The latest arriving grapes in recent history (Nov. 4th) came from our Oregon friends in the Amity-Eola Hills appellation of the Willamette Valley. Lying west of Salem, the Left Coast properties are on the 45th Parallel which is claimed by Burgundian aficianados to be the ideal latitude for Pinot Noir. Initial aromatics speak of potpourri and a subtle smoky cherry bouquet which is confirmed in the savory, grippy plum fruit. There is a sturdiness in the substantial mouthfeel which grows with aeration and builds to a tightly knit finish of integrated fruit, tannin and soil influence. Here is a rare Pinot Noir that can hold its own with red meat and game dishes. Enjoy through 2017. 217 cases produced. $40 / $32 Wine Club