Aquinas Pinot Noir
Lots of raspberry and cherry on the nose with notes of cinnamon and damp soil adding a touch of mystery. Medium-bodied with flavors of strawberries framed by silky tannins; a bitter cherry flavor on the finish makes it interesting.
$24.00 / Bottle $288.00 / Case
Aquinas, made by Don Sebastiani and Sons, is bottled in honor of Saint Thomas, a Medieval scholar who is said to have claimed "Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine."
Notice the small, tight clusters of Pinot Noir. This, with the thin skins, render them susceptible to disease.
Don Sebastiani and his sons do things a little differently for California - instead of owning vineyards and a winery (which was the Sebastiani family’s business for four generations) they run a negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced wines.
They’ve got connections, and know where to look for batches of grapes and lots of wines that are far more readily available in Napa than many growers would like to admit. Sebastiani maintains that the conditions and soils in Napa Valley are so amazing, that the grapes and wine lots they select are surprisingly expressive and high quality.
With the Sebastiani’s great contacts in California’s best regions, winemaker Richard Bruno and associate winemaker Greg Kitchens always have a great selection of raw materials to work with.
Both winemakers are "foodies" (Richard Bruno spent 12 years in the San Francisco restaurant industry before getting into winemaking) so they’ve got an advantage when it comes to creating the perfect blend from the different batches and lots.
Like artists with a complete color palate they blend wines from different clones, different vineyard sites, even different vinification techniques to create the exact taste and style they’re looking for. They recommend it with planked salmon or teriyaki marinated seitan.