Highway 101 Pinot Noir 2018

Producer: Mountain View

California’s Central Coast wine region is known for its long coast and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The cooling air flow from the fog and afternoon ocean breezes spill into coastal valleys creating a long growing season and encouraging the slow, even ripening of varieties such as Pinot Noir.

Vintage: 2018
Production Area: Much of this area between Los Angeles and San Francisco is former ocean bottom. A high concentration of sand and limestone combined with the rocky soils deposited by the runoff from the surrounding mountains create a unique soil composition. Excellent drainage and low nutrition combine to encourage root development, reduced vine growth, a lower water-to-sugar ratio and highly concentrated flavors.
Type: Red Table Wine
Alcohol: 13.8%
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir-100
Color: Pale ruby colour
Aroma: Floral notes of cherry blossoms
Taste: Dried cranberry, sage and strawberry fruit flavors.
Cellaring Potential: 2-5 years
Food Matching: The crisp finish refreshes the palate for the next bite of food. This is a wine that works with a wide range of foods because of soft tannins and bright acidity.
Vinification: Hand harvested from vineyards in the Arroyo Seco highlands and in Santa Barbara, the grapes were cold soaked for three days before crushing and placing into small 4x4 bins. The addition of a pommard yeast strain and a slow cool fermentation with three punch downs daily allow for firm rich flavors with soft tannins and a long finish.