Paraiso Pinot Noir

 Tasting Date: 9/7/2011

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Country: California

Tasting Date Price: $16.99


Alcohol Content:  14.2%

Vineyard Website: click here

Visual Aspect: Dark red

Nose: Black cherry and raspberry

Palate: Firm & complex, featuring spicy wild berry, blueberry & raspberry fruit that’s full-bodied & intense, focused & balanced. Ends w/ pure fruit & a touch of mineral. Fine example of clonal diversity coming together in one wine. Focus is decidedly Burgundian, w/ flavors of raspberry, cherry & wild berries. Good acidity, & a nice French oak complexity.

Food Pairing:  This is the wine for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Winery Notes:

A fine example of clonal diversity coming together in one wine. It is a blend of six different clones from various blocks and elevations on our estate vineyard. Each

brings different elements and structure components to the finished blend.

About 70% of the fruit for this wine was fermented in small five-ton open-top fermenters, with the balance in ten-ton tanks. All received a four-day cold soak, then separate lots were inoculated with two unique yeast strains; RC212 and BGY. Thirty percent of this wine was aged in new French oak barrels, adding just enough wood character. It was racked twice and bottled unfiltered. This wine is youthful and approachable, with soft tannins and a juicy mid-palate. the focus is decidedly Burgundian, with flavors of raspberry, cherry and wild berries, good acidity, and a nice French oak complexity.

Santa Lucia Highlands — the ideal new world site for top-flight Pinot Noir. Paraiso boasts the district’s original plantings of Pinot Noir. Here, the mountainside soils, cool breezes from nearby Monterey Bay,

and sustainable farming practices combine to grow pinot noir of outstanding character and elegance.

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands

Owners/Growers: Smith Family

Planted: 1973, 2000, 2004, 2007

Elevation: 400′ to 500′

Soils: Chualar Loam, Placentia Sandy


Climate: Region I, Very Cool

Oak Aging: 11 months, Seguin-Moreau,

Vernou, Mercurey


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