Pinot Noir, 2015. Divum

Pinot Noir, 2015. Divum

Item #: L0919R2DC
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Monterey, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Sweet Cherry
Palate: Lovely Cherry, Mint, Vanilla
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Seafood, Fowl, Game/13.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Divum (pronounced "die-vum") is Latin for "open air." The winery was founded by two brothers, Tom and Rob Franscioni, in tribute to their late father, whose life was tragically cut short in 2011. The brothers grew up in the farming community of Monterey under the guidance of their father, a third-generation grower, who loved the open air.

Monterey is one of the coolest grape-growing areas in California, making it perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Franscioni brothers' farming experience allowed them to choose the perfect plots to plant their grapes. Three separate lots were finally decided upon, which offered the best sun exposure and topography. Each vineyard sits high up the Gavilan mountain range and faces south to get sunlight all day.

Producing great wine is not about heat, it's about light. As long as there is sun, you can ripen grapes even in temperatures approaching the 70s. Grapes actually prefer that, as they stay on the vine longer, thus picking up vital nutrients from the soil to pass on to those lucky grape clusters.

Pinot Noir is notoriously finnicky about soil and climate. It has a very thin skin, so too hot a climate can actually burst the grapes. Monterey solves that problem.

Here the grapes ripen to perfection and retain their natural acids, important in developing length of flavors. This beauty has it all with the engaging spiced apple and cherry enveloped by a robe of vanilla, mint and cotton candy.