Pinot Noir Selection
Pinot Noir is often considered the “heartbreak grape” by many winemakers. It has gained this reputation because it is perhaps the most temperamental grape variety in the world. It favors cooler weather and even fog, but also requires consistent sunlight to find full maturity. This combination of elements makes it challenging to create a Pinot Noir of strength, delicacy and compelling aromatics. When the necessary combination of climactic and geographical elements are in harmony, Pinot Noir is at once arresting, memorable and graceful. Pinot Noir is the principal red variety of Burgundy. It also excels in the soils of American, principally in Santa Barbara County (California), Monterey County (California), Russian River Valley (California) and throughout Oregon.