2012 Sante Arcangeli "Split Rail Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
*Editors' Choice* With a pale color and mouthwatering acidity, this delicately structured Pinot goes well beyond its immediate flavors of raspberry tea, pomegranates, persimmons, orange peel, exotic spices and oak to offer a Burgundian touch of earth and mushrooms. There’s also a firm, stony minerality on the palate. This gorgeous Pinot was produced in tiny quantities of 300 cases and will drink well over the next six years.
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Light in color and a touch cloudy, this lively mountain Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard planted at 1,700 feet overlooking Monterey Bay. It’s a delicious, frisky wine, with a pretty fraises des bois tone to its fruit that’s lined with refreshingly herbal tannins. For a country pâté. (50 cases)
When wine critic Steve Heimoff had an advance sip of this wine, he enthused: "I've tasted only about 700 wine for Wine Enthusiast from the 2012 vintage...but based on what’s come in so far, this is going to be a hugely successful year for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir....a few early Pinots show the vast promise of the vintage. Santa Arcangeli made a 2012 Split Rail Vineyard, from the Santa Cruz Mountains, that knocked my sox off..." (steveheimoff.com, 11/2013) This wine comes to us from the Benedetti family in the historic coastal community of Pescadero, California--you know, Duarte's Tavern? They're right next door. Here's the winemaker's opinion on the 2012 vintage: "While still made in a lighter, more restrained style, she's slightly darker than her sister wine. The fruit is still vibrant and fresh - strawberry with dark cherry underpinnings - with earthiness that is still present, though more subdued. There are hints of espresso and caramel underneath. Unfined and unfiltered. This wine is elegant, and will gain complexity and depth with patience. Drink now through 2020."