Pinot Noir


Saintsbury 'Cerise' Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

750 ML


Product Description

In the 2005 vintage, Saintsbury marked its first release of a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from outside the Carneros AVA with the Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Cerise is a well-known vineyard planted on the steep slopes of the southwest facing hills just north of the town of Booneville. The estate is comprised of 37 planted acres in many small blocks ranging over the 200 acre site. Saintsburys blocks are located at the higher elevations between 700-1,000 feet with southerly through northwesterly aspects on slopes of 10-25 degrees. Shallow and gravelly loam soils predominate and combine with the steep aspect and excellent drainage to give shy yields of 1.52.5 tons/acre. With the fourth vintage of Cerise Pinot Noir in 2009, we see once again, the heady perfume of dark berry spiciness mixed with an undercurrent of herbal intrigue. The sunny but cool and breezy days of this northern coastal valley offer great acidity with a fine backbone of ripe tannins that together provide a structural core balancing the concentrated black cherry mid-palate. A delicious and definite keeper!


Varietal: Pinot Noir

Region: Anderson Valley

Region Description:

Anderson Valley is an AVA inside Mendocino County. Scouts for Louis Roederer of Champagne were searching California to find a place with weather as dismal as Roeder's home in north eastern France. The valley consists of a brushy area carved by the Navarro River that gains steady elevation as it moves inland. Sheep and apples were the prime agricultural focus in the area before vines were introduced to the area in the 1970's. A few promising Gewurztraminers have come from the valley, otherwise the main grapes of the hilly area are chardonnay and pinot noir. Besides single variety wines, the traditional method sparkling wines have been hailed as some of America's best to date.