2010 McHenry Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1116575

Henry and Linda McHenry consider the 2010 vintage their best ever, with the most perfect grapes they've ever seen. Aged in French oak barrels, this Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir reflects the coolness of the vintage with beautiful acidic backbone and tannic structure with core of focused fruit. Good now, but this will be better with a few years of aging.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2013  | Send Email
Honest Pinot Noir at an honest price is one of the most difficult things to find in California right now. The incredible trend towards Pinot Noir drinking since the "Sideways" movie came out has inspired many overpriced, overripe, Syrah spiked wines that get big scores but lack the finesse that I look for from this varietal. The Mchenry Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir gets it right with a pale purple/ violet color and a touch of beef on its generous red fruit nose. On the palate the charming candied cherry fruit and light body make this wine a perfect candidate for your next roast chicken!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2013  | Send Email
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A pure, bright typical Santa Cruz Mtn nose leaping from the glass. Fairly light bodied with zippy acidity. Red fruited with orange peel and green tea. Some mulling spices in the background. Complex wine for the money.

 By: Dan Peterson |  Review Date: 5/13/2013 
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Open this wine and decant it for a couple of hours if you're going to drink it now. This wine is young and has pronounced acidity and sharp tannins. Yet, amidst the acidity and tannins lurk a very light, approachable Pinot. At this point you get really tart cherries on both the nose and palate. The nose is not overly ripe and accents the tart cherry with a pleasant floral character. The wine is light in body and extraction which will make it quite elegant once it sees a little age. I'd buy and hold this wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Varietal:

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.
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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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7