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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.
Sassafras, cherries and
Rich, firm plum, berry and
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Pork, poultry, feathered game
and hearty vegetable dishes.
FOOD & WINE selects the recipes and is closely involved in evaluating the wines offered by licensed retailers through the FOOD & WINE Wine Club. Global Wine Company has been selected to service and fulfill the
FOOD & WINE Wine Club. For all states other than Texas, all credit card payments will be authorized by Global Wine Company located at 1401 Los Gamos Dr. #230, San Rafael, CA 94903, for the benefit of each retailer. All wine sales are made by a licensed retailer in compliance with state laws and the licensed retailer assures all involved that it fully complies with all states laws applicable to it. Due to state laws, wine can be purchased only be adults age 21 or older. Wine may be shipped only to legal adults. We currently ship to the following states: CA, ID, LA, MO, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, WV, WY. Further, in the following states, all orders accepted by and sales made by licensed in-state retailers: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WA. In Texas, all wine will be sold by Texas licensed winery, Landon Winery, located at 2508 Lee Street, Greenville, TX, 75401, Phone: 1-903-454-7878.