A great find from one of the best Pinot Noir AVAs in California. Expressive, fruit forward wines of exceptional value. A perfect pairing for everyday meals or any special occasion.
Stainless steel fermentation followed by 10 months barrel aging in 100% French oak.
This elegant and opulent Pinot Noir features aromas of cranberries and graham cracker with earthy overtones. The palate reveals ripe red fruit flavors complemented by balanced tannins and a long, lingering finish.
The name Austerity refers to going back to basics in the winemaking process, discarding all the unnecessary frills and approaching wine with a focus on grape quality and sincerity. The Austerity Pinot Noir uses grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a particularly well-known area of Monterey. Santa Lucia Highlands, home of many renowned wineries that produce first-rate Pinot Noirs, has all the ideal conditions for growing grapes, including some of the longest growing periods in California, well-drained hillside vineyards, morning mists and plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. The small berries have strong structures and rich, concentrated flavors. Austerity Chardonnay, on the other hand, uses grapes from Arroyo Seco, a small AVA next to Santa Lucia Highlands in the Monterey AVA. The sandy loam soil, which contains plenty of grit, results in a fresh tanginess and complex flavors, and the ocean breezes which blow in from Port Monterey cool the air warmed throughout the day and allow the grapes to mature slowly.
Austerity Wine is one of the brands belonging to the group started by former CEO of Golden State Vintners Jeff O’Neill and several managers of family-owned wineries. Respecting the characteristics and production methods of each brand, the winemakers grow grapes according to strict conditions, carefully observing the grapes to see when they are ready for harvest, before turning them into high quality wine.