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Pietra Santa Pinot Noir

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pietra Santa Pinot Noir FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pietra Santa Pinot Noir
Winery Pietra Santa Winery
Grape Pinot Noir
Year 2011
Country United States
Appellation Cienega Valley

$16.00 per bottle

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This silky, cherry-driven Pinot Noir comes from land that was first planted to grapes by a pioneering Frenchman in the 1850s.
What You Need To Know
It takes a leap of faith to buy a winery built on the San Andreas fault, but John and Phyllis Blackburn and their son Cort didn’t blink when the opportunity to buy Pietra Santa arose in 2005. Longtime almond farmers, the Blackburns were captivated not just by the beauty of Santa Pietra’s location in the Gabilan Range, but by the ground underfoot. Santa Pietra and its neighboring estates, which include Josh Jensen’s iconic Calera winery, exploit a rare pocket of limestone soil. It’s the same type of chalky dirt found in Burgundy, the home of the world’s greatest Pinot Noirs, and helps explain the relatively firm structure of Santa Pietra’s 2011 bottling. The Cienega Valley’s obscurity—it’s about 25 miles east of Monterey—explains the affordable price.
Smell It
Smell It
Sassafras, cherries and spiced plums.
Taste It
Taste It
Rich, firm plum, berry and conifer notes.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Pork, poultry, feathered game and hearty vegetable dishes.