Notorious Pinot Noir
Notorious Pinot Noir
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Double Gold Medal, Perfect Score at the 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition
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/ 2017 Vintage
SKU: 859575002137

This 2017 vintage of our Notorious Pinot Noir is lush and exploding with flavor, thanks to amazing weather of the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County, California during the growing season. The grapes come from Dijon Clone 667, which tends to produce dense clusters with vivid color and soft, ample tannins. Grown by acclaimed Pinot Noir farmer, Louis Lucas, this land consistently produces prize-winning Pinot Noir grapes. In fact, the 2016 vintage of this very wine won us a Double Gold Medal at the 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition! The soils vary from clay and gravel river deposits to hillside and hilltop sites reminiscent of the great vineyards of Burgundy. These valley vineyards benefit from a rare transverse mountain range topography, an east-west orientation which channels the cool ocean air of the Pacific into the coastal valleys, allowing warm days and cool nights to produce a long, gentle growing season. The fruit was hand-harvested and sorted by cluster to guarantee that only premium grapes made it into the barrels. The wine was then allowed to soak on the skins until the natural fermentation began. This wine was aged sur-lie in French oak barrels for 11 months before bottling.

We suggest pairing this wine with pork, salmon, roasted poultry, or creamy cheeses, like Bucheron and aged goat. 

Tasting Notes: Full-bodied with juicy notes of cranberry, ripe plum, rhubarb, mocha, and pepper.


Wine Details
Pinot Noir
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Cranberry. Rhubarb. Plum. Mocha. Pepper. Smoke. Tobacco.
Product Reviews
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Bonnie Moore
(Jun 28, 2018 at 8:18 AM)
This pinot noir has a silky tone which immediately provides enjoyment to the palette. This wine goes well with appetizers, entrees and just for fun. I highly recommend this great pinot noir.

Jaime's Gravatar
(Jul 27, 2018 at 4:24 PM)
Fantastically nuanced! Loved it!

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Gilbert Joseph Nolet
(Aug 5, 2018 at 10:12 AM)
Berries and smoke on the nose; hints of tobacco and spices on the palate; very smooth finish.

Josh's Gravatar
(Aug 18, 2018 at 7:44 PM)
Enjoyed this Pinot with salmon and a chopped salad. PNP. Nose of violets, leather, and clove. Tannins are smooth, but tight - suggests to me that this wine will continue to evolve over the next few years. I taste tart cherry, blueberry, baking spice, and the rhubarb from Ryan and Ian's tasting notes. Excellent, especially for the price!