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Talented winemaker Chris Condos crushed
just eight barrels-worth of this organically
grown, cherry-rich Pinot Noir.
What You Need To Know
On warm summer afternoons in
San Francisco Bay, crisp ocean-borne winds roar through the gap
in California’s coastal range at the Golden Gate. Spreading into
San Pablo Bay, they bring nighttime fog down Carneros’ rolling
hillsides, making this region at Napa and Sonoma’s southern tip
ideal for cool-climate grape varieties such as Pinot Noir. The
Gardner Carneros Pinot Noir comes from winemaking spouses
Suzanne Hagins and Chris Condos. Both have shown a knack for
fashioning affordable, boutique-scale wines at their respective
labels, Suzanne at Lutea and Chris at Vinum Cellars. Committed
to eco-friendly practices, their joint side label focuses on
organically grown grapes. This Pinot Noir comes from a single
plot of vines in the well-known Robert Sinskey Vineyard.
Cinnamon and rich red fruits.
Supple, ripe black cherry
and spice notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Earthy or herby poultry, pork
and vegetable dishes.