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Caraccioli Cellars Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Caraccioli Cellars Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands FOOD & WINE Wine Club Caraccioli Cellars Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Winery Caraccioli Cellars
Grape Pinot Noir
Year 2009
Country United States
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands

$40.00 per bottle

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The Caraccioli family grows huge amounts of vegetables and makes a tiny bit of wine— including this graceful Pinot Noir.
What You Need To Know
The Caraccioli family has been farming and packing row crops in California’s Salinas Valley—“The Salad Bowl of the World”—for generations. Opening out onto the deep, cold waters of Monterey Bay, the valley is flanked to the south by the slopes of the Santa Lucia range, one of California’s great cool-climate wine districts. In 2006, brothers Phil and Gary Caraccioli teamed up with their uncle Jim to create Caraccioli Cellars. They planted grapes in highlands and brought winemaker Joe Rawitzer (a Roederer alumnus) on board to make four wines. Unusually, the Caracciolis release their wines only when they’re ready to drink. Allowed the luxury of a few years of bottle age, this 2009 bottling is smooth and beautifully layered.
Smell It
Smell It
Wild strawberry and red cherry scents.
Taste It
Taste It
A polished mix of cherry, game and herb flavors.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Pork, poultry (including quail and duck), mushrooms and earthy vegetarian dishes.