Reviews : Pinot Noir
2008 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
What the Grownups are Drinking
Diane Murphy and Laura Lindsay, Edible Santa Barbara
Edible's last edition featured wines from Santa Barbara's newest AVA. This time they thought it fitting to turn their attention to the county’s oldest AVA, Santa Maria Valley, which was established in 1981. Ocean fog and complex soil conditions make this North County region a prime location to grow beautiful Pinot and Chardonnay grapes. On Presqu'ile, "First we noticed a cherry aroma, and we thought it had a big nose for such a light-alcohol wine. It’s an incredibly smooth, tasty and easy to drink wine, a little bit smoky with a note of pink peppercorns and holiday spices. We thought some salami really brought out its sweetness, and more than a few of us fell in love with this wine."