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Pinot Noir, 2015. Discovery Trail Vineyard

Pinot Noir, 2015. Discovery Trail Vineyard

Item #: V0719R1DC
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Earth, Cherry, Mint
Palate: Lovely Cherry Swirl
Finish: Long, Sublte Fruit
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat, Game, Vegetarian/13.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Discovery Trail is crafted by Terravant Wine Company in Buellton, California - a $30 million facility which can handle up to one million cases of wine annually. They have vineyards and vineyard contacts all over the state and in most of the wine producing countries, making them a force to be reckoned with anywhere in the world.

All this firepower, however, doesn't preclude the fact that quality is their first concern. It wouldn't make sense to spend that much money on a facility and produce wine that wasn't very good.

You would be amazed at the number of labels that use Terravant's facility as their own and make wines that have competed and bested some of the most prestigious wines in the world. In the wine biz, big is not necessarily bad. As a matter of fact, it's frequently quite the opposite.

Most of Terravant's vineyard connections are in the Central Coast. It is quite obvious that a lot of the grapes for our selection are from this region, which is considered one of the best for Pinot Noir in the state.

You are first struck by the earthiness in the nose, a clear sign that the soil in which the grapes were grown is special. Then you experience the sweet/tart cherry mixed with cotton candy and a touch of mint. The overall experience could almost leave you breathless, if it weren't for the fact that the next sip is beckoning. How could you resist?