Evesham Wood Pinot Noir (Organic, Minimal Intervention)
A Bottle of Each
Le Puits Sec
Le Grive Bleue
Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir and Rosellas SLH Pinot Noir (Sustainable)
Driving on the 101 south of the San Francisco Bay is Monterey County, home to the farmlands of the Salinas Valley, the “lettuce capital of the world.” In the wake of Napa’s success, Monterey was extensively planted with vines. A foggy gap in the mountains, which runs perpendicular to the coast (west to east), allows warm air at the southwestern end of the valley to pull in the cool ocean air downstream. The mere 18 mile stretch of the Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the smallest major Pinot Noir regions in the world.
Kistler Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2018 (Sustainable)
Kistler Vineyards is a small family-owned winery located in the Russian River Valley specializing in Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since its first vintage in 1979, the winery has grown in size to produce 25,000 cases per year. Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler share the winemaking responsibilities, while Mark also acts as chemist and business manager. The winery, completed in 1992, is located on their Vine Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Kistler’s fruit is sourced from various vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties.
Kistler Pinot Noir is fermented in small open top fermenters and the free run juice is barrel aged and remains in barrel for fourteen to eighteen months until bottling.