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2018 Mid Elevation Pinot Noir

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$32.00 per Bottle

This deep mineral driven Pinot Noir hails from two mid-elevation vineyard sites, those in the 1200-1500 ft range within the Mendocino Ridge coastal viticultural growing area. The Mendocino Ridge is the most westward growing area in Mendocino County. This appellation encompasses the western ridges along the Pacific ocean. These coastal sites are closer to the ocean and closer to the fog line, which is typically at 900- 1000 ft, providing persistent cooling during the growing season giving this wine darker fruit character along with taut acidity to align the gorgeous dark red fruit tones along with conifer, forest fungi and mineral notes to round out this gorgeous northern coastal expression.  On the nose juniper berry, black truffles and fir tips. On the palate: asian plums, dark cherries, forest mushrooms and crushed stone along with proper acidity that brings this from the front to the back of the palate with pleasurable persistence. This special combination of the Valenti Ranch & the Drew Ranch is  an incredible value for the pedigree of fruit from these two coastal ridge sites.  Stock up on this special vintage. 

"The 2018 Pinot Noir Mid Elevation is absolutely gorgeous. Finely cut and nuanced, the 2018 is wonderfully translucent and yet, there is plenty of depth too, a combination that is super-appealing in my book. Freshly cut flowers, bright red/purplish fruit, mint and chalk all run through this wonderfully inviting, nuanced Pinot. This is such a classy wine."  94 Pts  Vinous~ Antonio Galloni 

Appellation:  Mendocino Ridge
Elevations: 1250 & 1500ft
Farming: Organic Standard
Soils: Ocean floor sedimentary
Selections: Dijon 667, 115, 943,828, Pommard, Swan, Rochioli & MT Eden
Fermentation:  20% Whole Cluster, 100% Native Yeast
Elevage : 11 months
Oak:  100% Seasoned French Oak
Alc:  13.4%

Size 750 ml
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