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Pinot Noir, 2013. Krutz Family Cellars

Pinot Noir, 2013. Krutz Family Cellars

Item #: P1219R1DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Color: Warm Magenta
Nose: Bing Cherry, Earth
Palate: Regal Presence
Finish: Lingering Soil, Mint, Spice
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2024/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/14.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Oh gosh, how many times have we heard this story? Only thing is, it never gets tiresome. Let's go back 30 years ago when Fred and Cherry Krutz stopped by the Carmel Cheese and Wine store. After perusing and asking questions, they purchased several wines to try.

You know the rest. But what you don't know is that several years later, their son went to work in the store and it happened all over again to the next generation. Having been there, it's easy to see how all that could happen. The store is amazing.

Less than 15 years later they founded Krutz Cellars. Wanting to start slow and easy they only made 60 cases of Pinot Noir. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. The demand outstripped the supply.

Since then they have moved the winery operation to Sonoma, but still contract for grapes in Monterey and specifically the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is now one of the hottest Pinot Noir areas in California. The vineyard manager is Mark Pisoni, a name associated with the creme de la creme of Pinot Noir vineyards for over 30 years.

There's something about this area that seems to be mystifying. There is a sense of place in the wines that almost defies description except for the fact that the soil leaves its imprint on the wine that is almost unmistakable.

In this case it is a bigger and bolder expression of the grape yet still retaining that lovely sweet/tart cherry and charm.

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