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Pinot Noir, 2017. Simple Life

Pinot Noir, 2017. Simple Life

Item #: C1219R1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Light Magenta
Nose: Slight Cherry, Spice
Palate: Bing Cherry, Anise
Finish: Lovely Berry, Mint, Spice
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Game, Fowl, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This wine has multiple stories. It begins with the fact that it is made by Sebastiani in Sonoma. While Sebastiani is one of the oldest and most respected names in California, it is now owned by a respected and upcoming name in California wine, Bill Foley. Foley Wines is currently one of the largest wine operations in California.

Foley earned his MBA from Seattle University and a law degree from Washington School of Law. His first foray into the wine business came in 1996 when he purchased property in Santa Barbara County - and he's been acquiring property ever since.

A wine of this quality totally belies its price. It is made from three different clones of Pinot Noir, a grape which originated in Burgundy, and was aged in 100% French oak. That kind of integrity costs a lot of money, but Bill Foley won't put out just any wine under any of his labels without it. That's the main reason we like to feature his wines. That, and because we get them at a great price, which we can pass on to you.

Here is a lighter Pinot, but with obvious presence and a sense of place. The combination of grapes sourced from Lodi and the Sierra Foothills is a bit like the Yin and Yang of wine. Beautifully done, and not overdone.

With 10 months of oak aging and careful blending, we get sweet/tart cherry mixed with spice, vanilla and cotton candy. The finish is mesmerizing, depositing flavor after flavor on the palate, seeming to last forever.

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