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Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010

Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir 750ml 2010     
Sku: 1761324

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Alta Maria Vineyards is a partnership between winemaker Paul Wilkins, James Ontiveros and Sao Anash. Paul Wilkins and James Ontiveros were college buddies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and were part of a small group of wine aficionados who founded a wine group, Vines to Wines. While still in college, Paul landed a job with renowned winemaker John Alban in the Edna Valley and eventually was offered an assistant winemaker position. He worked with John Alban for eight years. Paul left Alban Winery for winemaking consulting positions and James planted an 8 acre Pinot Noir vineyard on his family’s Rancho Ontiveros. A mutual friend suggested Paul take a look at “what this guy James Ontiveros” was doing with his Pinot vineyard in Santa Maria. Together they partnered with Sao Anash, former executive director of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association and started Alta Maria Vineyards. Alta Maria means “Higher or Heavenly Mary,” referring to the name bestowed on the Santa Maria River by James’ ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros in the 1800s. The label artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails used by homesteaders before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass produced machine cut nails.

Tasting notes
This medium-bodied red wine aged for 17 months in French oak (33% new) and presents flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries. The balanced tannins, backbone and acidity lead to a graceful finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 88 points (Aug 2012)
The 2010 Pinot Noir opens with an attractive, sweet bouquet. The fruit isn’t quite as radiant as the aromatics suggest, leading to an impression of compactness. Sweet red cherries and flowers linger on the perfumed finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. ”

Technical notes
Fruit from Pinot Noir clones 777, 2A, Pommard, 115 and Martini was whole cluster sorted and vinified separately. Each clonal type was fermented on its skins and pressed to barrel.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
 
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