2012 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir

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Last of Vintage - Fossil Point is named for the rugged headland in San Luis Obispo County which features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Central Coast. The 2012 Pinot Noir is from cool coastal vineyards between San Luis Obispo and the coastal beaches, some of which fall under the Edna Valley AVA. Hand-harvested fruit was fermented in small lots and aged for 14 months in French oak. From the winery: "The 2012 vintage opens with pretty aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, cedar and rose petal. The palate is round and supple, with fresh, juicy flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Hints of cinnamon spice and cola join fine-grained tannins on a clean, balanced finish."

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2015 | Send Email
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This lively, bright, pinot noir has a lot to offer for the price. It has a floral nose of strawberries and fresh-picked raspberries. Fleshier in the mouth, with cherry and strawberry fruit. Nice bit of light oak that adds just enough interest to the finish.
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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2014 | Send Email
This is a new project coming from a small boutique producer out of San Luis Obispo's Edna Valley region. Perfectly suited for cool climate loving varietals like Pinot Noir. This is one that absolutely over-delivers for the price. Very aromatic with ripe strawberry, black cherry, and rose petals, light purple-red in the glass that actually looks like Pinot, not some Syrah-infused Pinot that we see so often these days. Juicy and bright on the mid-palate with great acidity and not too much oak. This is the perfect summer red to drink with almost anything.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3