District 7 – Pinot Noir; Monterey, California; 2021 

 March 4, 2024

By  rackhouse

The grapes are harvested from the gently sloping terrain with good drainage and cooler soil temperatures naturally limit the size of the crop, thereby increasing grape and wine quality. In addition to unique landscapes with various soil types, Monterey County is the only winegrowing region in the world to include four different regions differentiated by their climate. The cooling coastal influence and afternoon breezes off the Monterey Bay lead to longer “hang time” in our vineyards. Grapes ripen more slowly and evenly, resulting in vibrant fruit, intense varietal flavors and excellent structure. Vines in the northern vineyards closest to the chilly waters of the Monterey Bay experience cooler weather, ocean breezes and daily fog. At the southern end of the county, vineyards bask in the sun with high temperatures during the day, then, with mildly tempered afternoon breezes, temperatures drop significantly at night.

The 2021 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 mocha. The palate is rich, smooth and silky with notes of rich red fruit and 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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