PS Pinot Fest Prep
With the upcoming Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival - January 18th, The Ritz- Carlton Rancho Mirage, I thought we’d get our palates warmed up with some samples of, you called it, Pinot Noir.
We’ll start with Cambria Julia’s Vineyard, 2015, Santa Maria Valley. This is a fun and affordable wine that shows Central Coast terroir with ripe black and blue berry flavors. At around $20 a bottle,
you really get your money’s worth with this elegant Pinot.
Diora Le Petite Grace, 2016, Monterey. This Pinot has aromas of black cherry, mocha, with floral notes and flavors of boysenberry and vanilla, with bright acidity and soft tannins. This too is around $20 and drinks like a bottle double its price.
The Prisoner Wine Company, Eternally Silenced, 2017, California. The grapes sourced for this wine are from Santa Maria Valley, Edna Valley, Monterey, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. So basically, this wine comes from some of the best AVAs for California Pinot. It has cranberry, dark cherry and spices on the nose, with flavors of fresh red berries and spice. I was expecting this wine to be really big and was especially surprised that it was very balanced and my favorite of the three. At a cost of $50, it’s not an everyday drinker, but it's good to treat yourself once in a while.