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Drink now through 2018.
The vagaries of farming brought us this wine. Paso Robles suffered from a devastating frost in April 2011 which affected the entire region, but particularly hit the early budding varieties i.e. pinot noir. To offset the loss, Adelaida outsourced pinot noir from three optimum sites, best of all the Santa Lucia Highlands. This relatively young region, created as an AVA in 1991, covers 12 miles of east facing slope, a raised bench land lying on a coastal range between Soledad and Salinas. The marine influence from nearby Monterey Bay brings cool breezes and fog, defining this as a region 1 (cool climate designation), ideal for pinot noir. Soils are a complex of alluvial fans, deep sandy loams offering ideal drainage and vine stress. The growing season is unusually long, slowing down photosynthesis and allowing gentle extended ripening, altogether, an ideal place for this Burgundian grape.
The 2012 vintage was the second year from grapes from the Doctor’s Vineyard. A fine vintage with lots of sun during the growing season, the wine reflects these ideal conditions with luscious, ripe flavors. Combining a classic cherry cola aromatic and the sustaining, plush textured flavor of just picked berries. “The Doctor’s” can be enjoyed now through 2018.