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2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir


The Best Central Coast Pinot?: Tasting at the World of Pinot Noir

Alder Yarrow, Vinography wine blog (

I don't know about you, but spending a couple of days tasting Pinot Noir while strolling along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is definitely my idea of a good time. Back at the beginning of March, I joined several hundred other wine enthusiasts for the World of Pinot Noir, a two day festival celebrating Pinot Noir set in the idyllic seaside tourist town of Shell Beach.

Well known for its festive atmosphere and an emphasis (though not an exclusive focus by any means) on showcasing the Pinot Noirs of the Central Coast, WOPN, as it is abbreviated, draws Pinot Noir lovers from across the country.

I've written already about a couple of the seminars I attended there (one about younger Burgundy producers, the other about the now infamous alcohol and balance seminar), and offered some tasting notes from some of the international Pinot Noirs I tasted, but it's taken me some time to write up my notes from the Grand Tasting event.

On Presqu'ile:

2009 Presqu'ile Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley. $42 A cloudy light garnet color in the glass, this wine has a remarkable nose of raspberry and exotic floral scents mixed with deeper notes of wood. In the mouth, the wine offers much the same - great raspberry fruit and that delicate floral perfume that wafted out of the glass. Filigreed flavors mix with the faintest of tannins amidst a perfectly balanced wine. Quite delicious. 13.7% alcohol.

2009 Presqu'ile Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley. $55 Light ruby in color, this wine smells of raspberries and white flowers. In the mouth it is bright with juicy raspberry flavors and a hint of redcurrant. Faint tannins and perfect acidity hold the wine suspended in a taut levitation above the palate where it seems to linger for a very long finish. Delicate and poised. Fantastic.13.7% alcohol.

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