District 7 – Pinot Noir; Monterey, California; 2020 

 March 1, 2023

By  rackhouse

District 7 is all that Monterey as a winegrowing region has to offer. The number refers to their official regional designation within the state of California. Most experts recognize Monterey County as one of the most beautiful and diverse wine-growing regions in the world with complex soils and coastal weather patterns. Their winemaking team reaps the benefits of the exceptional fruit we produce, creating wines that are fruit-forward, true to varietal character, and a delicious reflection of Monterey.

Each of the estate vineyards is harvested block by block based on flavor and ripeness rather than statistical analysis. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, crushed, and fermented in open-top fermenters. Regular punch downs of the cap over the 2-3 weeks of fermentation and maceration ensured full extraction of the color and flavors. The wine was aged with a combination of new and seasoned oak to retain the fruit and enhance complexity.

This 2020 Pinot Noir delivers the subtle elegance that can only come from sustainably farmed, cool-climate vineyards. Key aromatics include black cherries, currants, and raspberries with notes of violets, vanilla, and toasty oak. The palate is rich, smooth, and silky with a lingering sweet oak finish. This Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to serve with salmon, pork, lamb, or soft cheeses.

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