Pinot Noir, 2013. Magnolia Court

Pinot Noir, 2013. Magnolia Court

Item #: V1216R1DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Barbara County, California
Color: Light to medium
Nose: Cotton candy, cherry
Palate: Full spice, vanilla
Finish: Soft, enveloping
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Red meat, game/Alcohol: 13.5%

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The grape growers at Bien Nacido Vineyards, creators of this selection, craft their wine 50 miles north of Santa Barbara. Thiswine in particular gets its name from the stately Magnolia trees found near these prime vineyards. Like the majestic tree from which it is named, Magnolia Court wines are composed of impeccable balanceand artistic flavors.

Accounting for this solid integration of flavors is the cooler climates. If the location was warmer, it would force the grapes to lose their natural acidity, an important component in giving the wine length andbalance. Most winemakers have to add acid - a common practice - but that addition does not compare to a wine's natural acids. As a result, added acids can cause the wine to taste sharper and less unified.This is not the case with Magnolia Court, because of its natural acids, there is nothing but smooth, rich flavors.

Pinot Noir is one of the greatest grapes on the planet. When properly made, it can elicit "oohhs" and "aahhs" from the most finicky of tasters.

Here, is Pinot at its best - long lush flavors of cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, cotton candy, clove, and leather so perfectly woven together that you don't get overwhelmed with all of those flavors at once. It's like aconcert in your mouth with each instrument taking Center Stage when it's their turn.

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