Silver Mountain Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, California
This Pinot Noir wine is a testament to the cool climate and terroir of the Santa Lucia Highlands, a prime growing region for Pinot Noir grape. Its spicy, smoky character is coupled with an amazing depth of tart red cherry fruit. This wine was aged 15 months in Hungarian oak, a barrel choice that complements rather than dominates the delicate Pinot Noir fruit and produces a smooth, silky mouth-feel. The palate is well structured, with rich, gorgeous color, balanced acidity and smooth tannins to ensure it continues to age well for several years.
On the nose, the wine is complex, with red and black fruits, smoke, licorice and a hint of oak.
On the palate, you get bright, forward tart red cherry fruit, with spicy overtones of currant, clove, nutmeg, and a hint of violet. The oak components are subtle and play a supporting role, allowing the wonderful fruity attributes to shine through. The wine is soft and even, with lingering spice and red cherry fruit on the finish that keep you coming back for more.
Food pairing: This Pinot Noir is versatile, goes well with all kinds of food and meats especially poultry, game meat, mushroom dishes, goat cheese and anything served with berries. Are you a wine connoisseur or enthusiast? If you have the palette for fine, velvety mouthfeel wine, you will not be disappointed by this organically grown, elegantly refined and luxurious Pinot Noir. Buy a case of 12 Pinot Noir bottles and get a discount!
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Style: Red, complex, lush with silky feel.
Region: Santa Lucia Highlands, California, USA
About Pinot Noir Grape
Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy, France, but over the years, this variety’s elusive charm has been adopted in wine regions all over the world. Pinot Noir is perhaps the most well-known grape in the world. It has a devout following by its enthusiasts arising from the press publicity it received from movie “Sideways” and the various festivals done in its honor. Pinot Noir is known to be a hard to grow grape, as such good Pinot Noir wine is also rare to find. Today great and affordable Pinot Noir can be found in California, Oregon, Australia, Chile and New Zealand. Pinots from these regions tend to be bigger and richer in flavor, tasting fruitier than the Pinots from France. Pinot noir is one of the grapes found in most Champagnes.
About Silver Mountain
Visitors to Silver Mountain’s mountaintop winery enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the Santa Cruz Mountains, looking out to Monterey Bay. Silver Mountain is known for its premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay produced from its organically-farmed estate vineyard, and its Bordeaux blend Alloy. Handcrafted with a passion for quality, with gentle care, in accordance with Silver Mountain’s wine-making practice, which has always called for careful, gentle handling of the fruit, both in the vineyard and winery. Silver Mountain’s wines possess exquisite, complex flavors that are delicious now and also benefit from aging. The grapes are handpicked, not crushed but de-stemmed, and start the wine-making process with whole berry fermentation. ‘Punchdowns’ are done using a unique air induced process that is gentler on the fruit. Transferring the wine to and from the tanks and into bottles is all gravity fed.
About Santa Lucia Highlands
Santa Lucia Highlands is a prime growing region for the Burgundian grapes; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel grapes also do well in this region. The soils in the Santa Lucia Highlands are well drained and have low fertility, making them perfect for the production of premium grapes. Santa Lucia Highlands have one of the longest growing seasons in California, which means that grapes can ripen slowly and evenly, developing complex varietal character and balanced acidity. Often these wines can be aged for many years. Many winemakers in this region use sustainable vineyard practices and organic farming has become common.
- Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
- California Appellation - Santa Lucia Highlands
- Grape: Not crushed, but de-stemmed; gravity fed through the entire process
- Aged in oak barrels for 15 months: 70% in tight-grained Hungarian oak, 30% in older French oak
- Bottling: Unfined and unfiltered
- Fermentation: Whole berry; fermented in small containers; punchdown and drainover five times/day.
- Alcohol 14.8% | Residual sugar 4mg/100ml | Total acidity 0.71g/100ml | PH 3.49
|Wine Type||Temperature °C||Temperature °F|
|Pinot Noir||16-18° C||60-64°|
|Chardonnay, Rosé||9-11° C||48-52°F|
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Red Blend||18-21° C||64-70° F|
|Champagne, Sparkling, and Dessert Wine||5° C||40° F|
|Moscato, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio||7-9° C||45-48°F|