2012 Pinot Noir, Cedar Lane Vineyard
Found in the riverbed corridor of the Arroyo Seco AVA, Cedar Lane Vineyard rests along the banks of the seasonal creek. This 60-acre property encompasses a pocket of terrain tucked behind the Santa Lucia bench where the riverbed narrows toward the mountains. Dramatic in its setting, the vines are rooted in shallow, rocky soil and produce distinct grapes.
This wine epitomizes the elegance and broad character profile of Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco AVA’s river channel. A 50/50 split between two clones - "Dijon" 667 and Pommard (4) - this wine is loaded with red-tone fruit characters, the bouquet fills with cranberry, cherry, raspberry cream and dusty plum. In its recesses aromas of pomegranate, sandalwood, baking spice, rose petal and earthy notes abound. On the palate, the flavors carry through with balanced achieved between the vibrant acidity and fleshy, yet firm textures.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast: "Graphite, crushed rocks, rose petals and cranberry show on the nose, followed by a palate of black peppercorns, eucalyptus, snappy black raspberry and lots of black clove." - M.K. (12/1/2015)
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