2011 Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Stonewall Vineyard
California: Santa Lucia Highlands
All the King's Pinot
Of all the varietals we taste, Pinot Noir is by far the biggest wild card. Pinot can be dark and brooding or light and refreshing - we just never know until we give it a try. Well, we happened to strike gold with today’s Estancia Estates 2011 Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine was the smash hit of our most recent tasting panel (and a sure-fire crowd pleaser).
Sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands, one of the premier Pinot growing areas in California, today’s wine is soft and elegant, with robust and deep flavors that beautifully coat the palate. Don’t miss out!
Deep scarlet with flecks of magenta in the glass, with the faintest hint of a lighter red rim.
Lush and concentrated aromas of dark cherry and strawberry greet you initially and are quickly trailed by aged cedar wood, cigar box, clove, and a touch of white pepper.
Robust and concentrated, with dark fruit flavors of baked black cherry, boysenberry, and sweet plum coating the initial palate. These flavors are trailed by sweet tobacco leaf, earthy mushroom, anise, and subtle dark baking spices.
This Pinot is best decanted. Give the wine a chance to breathe, and you will be greeted by a silky, luxurious finish highlighted by dark cherry and subdued hints of terroir and spice.
A homemade, rustic whole wheat pizza, topped with fresh mushrooms, prosciutto, and provolone cheese.
What the Winery Says
Like all Pinot Noir grapes, the fruit from our Stonewall Vineyard responds best to careful, small-batch handling. To preserve the delicate fruit and silky texture of this Pinot Noir, we gently fermented it in open-top fermentors, then had all of the wine undergo a secondary malolactic fermentation. Once fermentation was complete, we aged all of the wine for 14 months in small oak barrels, 30% which were new French oak.
Like its hallmark ruby color, this voluptuous artisan wine is truly a gem, delivering a taste of California’s prized Stonewall Vineyard.
- Clay Brock
- Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California
- Stonewall Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 14 months in 30% new French oak
About the Winery
Translated from the Spanish word for “estate,” our name emphasizes our conviction that the world’s best wines capture the essence of their place of origin. At Estancia, we control this process from the start—from our experimental vineyard block trials to planting, harvesting, fermenting, and aging the wines.
Our Monterey-based winery allows us to devote the same detailed attention that we give our California estate vineyards. Open-top fermenters and small basket presses allow us to handcraft Pinot Noir, and new red-wine fermentation tanks are individually matched to a myriad of diverse vineyard blocks. It’s this unwavering devotion, from the vineyard to bottle, that results in the consistent, superior quality of our artisan wines.