Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir
Supple and rich with flavors of red berries, warm spice, earth and mineral characteristics that are reflections of this cool climate region. The finish is silky and long.
$30.00 / Bottle $360.00 / Case
SALE $18.79 / Bottle $225.48 / Case
Carmel Road was founded in 1997 with the goal to make hand-made wines that showcased the unique flavors and textures of Monterey County. A relative newcomer to the California wine landscape, Monterey's Salinas Valley was not planted to grapes until the 1950s. Today, Monterey is considered one of the state's premier appellations for cool climate varieties including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County. Most afternoons a brisk Pacific Ocean wind blows southward along the ridge tops and benchlands of the Salinas Valley delivering fresh, cool maritime air. Today, Monterey boasts some of the most highly-acclaimed AVAs in all of California.
The wines of Carmel Road come from a remarkable group of vineyards that lie within the Salinas Valley of Monterey County. On the western side, the alluvial plain stretches from the mouth of Monterey Bay southward along the eastern-facing benchland in the rain shadow of the Santa Lucia range down to the entrance of the Arroyo Seco Canyon. The eastern side of the valley sits on the foothills of the Gabilan Range and constitutes a series of west-facing alluvial hillsides. The foothills here receive more afternoon sunshine, which promotes a riper fruit profile.
This wine spent 9 months in 96% French oak (17% new), 3% American oak (100% new), and 1% stainless steel tanks.