Pinot Noir is notoriously fickle and needs perfect conditions and constant attention to flourish. Thankfully, Monterey County (California’s 7th of 17 wine crush regions) and its cool ocean breezes keep Pinot Noir at a temperature that makes it happy. The winemakers at District 7 know the grape really well and strive every year to make sure that they get it right. They certainly succeeded with this wine. Flavors of black cherry and strawberry are complemented by a touch of vanilla and toast that linger in a long, silky finish. An elegant, balanced offering that is the ultimate food wine. Try it with grilled salmon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or soft-ripened cheeses.
|Wine maker notes
|Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir is the most sensitive to its terroir. We work hard each vintage to get it right in the vineyard so that when the grapes are harvested and arrive at the winery, we can step aside and allow the fruit to speak for itself. The cool temperatures of District 7 present ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Each afternoon, the reliable winds from the Monterey Bay come howling down the valley, keeping our estate vineyards at a moderate temperature.
|California is divided into 17 grape crush districts, encompassing a wide range of climate, terrain and soil types. District 7 is Monterey County, home to world-class vineyards and exceptional wines.
What makes District 7 so special?
District 7, aka Monterey County, has the longest growing season of all of the districts, a result of the chilled marine air from the Monterey Bay that rushes down the Salinas Valley each day. For cool climate varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we source the grapes from our estate vineyards in the northern reaches of District 7, where morning fogs often linger until mid-day. This allows the intricate fruit flavors to develop while preserving crucial acidity. For sun lovers like Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, we grow the grapes on our estate vineyards located further south in District 7, where sunshine-filled days are followed by the cooling maritime influence in the late afternoons.
The long growing season of District 7 allows us to “let it hang. Longer time on the vine means the grapes ripen slowly and evenly. Deciding when to harvest is all about finding the sweet spot, that perfect moment when the grapes have reached full flavor development. At District 7, we let it hang until the grapes are ready. The result is vibrant fruit, complex flavors and excellent structure.