Pinot Noir 2016
Adelaida Estate Vineyard
Pinot Noir is the heart and soul of our winemaking quest. Rarely found in the warm Paso Robles AVA, our 33 acre site overcomes the conventional wisdom of inappropriateness. Its coastal mountain microclimate and affinity for the indigenous limestone are precursors of its potential for nobility.
Screw capped, this bottling emphasizes the wine’s current drinking style. Aromas of blackberry tea, dried rosebuds, leafy forest floor and miso broth begin the tasting impression followed by flavors of baked black cherries, roasted plum tomatoes, steeped earl grey tea and brown spices. Drink now through 2021
Salmon in lemon-oregano oil with plum tomato, confit duck legs with leeks and green olives, poached lamb sausage with dried persimmons and thyme
A classic cool climate variety, Pinot Noir is an anomaly in the Paso Robles AVA. Adelaida’s mountain vineyard is distinguished for its old vine heritage (planted in 1964) and its location, in a coastal influenced valley. This historic vineyard, begun by Dr. Stanley Hoffman has been owned by Adelaida since 1994. Facing south on a steeply sloping swale, it has reduced sun exposures and is a collection area for the cooler air mass. This diverse landscape of ridge tops, rocky slopes, and natural depressions produces a complex set of aromatics and subtle flavors. Vine rows run east to west with traditional wide 1960’s spacing, a mere 519 vines/acre. On its own roots (a rarity in modern viticulture), it is drip irrigated and produces yields of only 1-1 ½ tons/acre.
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