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Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir Rancho Vinedo 2012

America, California Wine

A fine Pinot Noir from old vines in the Santa Maria Valley. After nearly 10 years of aging, the fresh aromas still abound.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Maria Valley
Producer Alta Maria Vineyards
Vintage 2012
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥9,680  (incl. tax)

A fine Pinot Noir from old vines in the Santa Maria Valley. After nearly 10 years of aging, the fresh aromas still abound.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Santa Maria Valley
Producer Alta Maria Vineyards
Vintage 2012
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Production

Viticulture

Rancho Viñedo Vineyard, at the Western portion of the original Rancho Tepusquet Land Grant, was planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in 1973 by the Robert N. Woods family. The vineyard continued to be farmed by the Woods' hands until 2012, when James leased the vineyard, operating it with the assistance of Robin Woods.

Old vines, on their own roots (something with which James had vast experience from a neighboring property), albeit on entirely different soils, were the main draw. Rancho Viñedo offered a terrific juxtaposition to the land James was already farming at Rancho Ontiveros. Although only four miles away, the soils of Rancho Viñedo are millions of years older, the vines decades older, and the property itself carried a meaning that might be hard for someone else other than the descendant of this land to appreciate.

MIDDLE BLOCK
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir // ACRES: 2.78 // ROWS: 30-54
CLONE: Martini // VINES PER ACRE: 605
PLANTING DENSITY: 12' x 6'
FARMED: Bi-lateral cordon, spur pruned

Vinification

Destemmed, crushed into open-top stainless fermenters, native yeast fermentation. Pressed off at dryness, barrel-aged, racked once, bottled unfiltered. Extend barrel aging entirely in 59-gallon barriques for 24 months.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Sweet red plum and cherries aromas intermingle with chalkiness and orange peel adding energy and focus throughout.

Producer

Producer Description

Creating Wines with a True Reflection of Terrior

Alta Maria is a small, artisan winery focusing on producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the cold and oceanic Santa Maria Valley appellation in Santa Barbara County. Founded by 9th Generation Californian James Ontiveros, and Winemaker and long-time college friend Paul Wilkins, Alta Maria’s wines are inspired by the old world regions of France and are classic examples of purity, balance and complexity. They strive to make the best wines possible in a very conscientious manner and employ organic and sustainable practices leaving no indelible mark on the people and places around us.

The name “Alta Maria” refers to the upper Santa Maria River, which James’ ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros crossed on Saint Mary’s Day, 1855, as he drove cattle from Southern California to his new home at Rancho Tepusquet – now home to some of the world’s most renowned vines. The picturesque river flowing through the valley was the force responsible for sustaining ranch life in those early days.

The artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails used by homesteaders in Santa Maria before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass-produced, machine-cut nails. Despite its lowly function, each nail is unique from the next according to the conditions in which it was made and the expertise of the craftsman.

 

 

Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code AM131530
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