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Pinot Noir, 2017. Fauvist

Pinot Noir, 2017. Fauvist

Item #: U1221R1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Barbara, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Truffles, Strawberry
Palate: Lively Cherry
Finish: Long & Luscious
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meats, Game/13.6% Alcohol by Volume

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The name refers to a style of art which was favored in Paris just after the Impressionist era. Matisse was regarded as its most prominent artist. It's the way that the Miller Family of Santa Maria look at their wines, and for good reason. The Millers are one of the most famous names in the Central Coast. Their family have been growing grapes here since the end of the American Civil War. They have built their reputation around one grape, Pinot Noir. Their iconic vineyard, Bien Nacido, is considered one of the finest Pinot Noir Vineyards in America. Wines from here have consistently been at the top since it was planted in 1973.

They are also leaders in eco-friendly viticulture. Their advanced irrigation practices reduce water by 50%. They use cover crops to provide key organic ingredients to the soil and birds of prey to control unwanted pests. Grazing livestock consume the grasses that could rob the vines of water and the use of hybrid tractors keep emissions to a minimum. They harvest at night to retain critical acids and ferment at cold temperatures to extract every ounce of flavor from their perfect grapes. Aging in French oak barrels completes the process of perfection. Of course, none of this would matter if the wines weren't spectacular, which this is.

The result is a monumental rendition of the grape offering fruit and floral components juxtaposed with earth, clove and vanilla for an encompassing experience. Matching with a pork loin poached in veal stock and cream, served with a swipe of truffle butter couldn't be better.