2014 Fossil Point Edna Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1252966 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This lower-priced Pinot from the Center of Effort team punches way above its weight in the vintage, showing light cherry-blossom and black-cherry aromas mixed with gamy meat and wet slate. Blackberry pie is cut with orange rind on the sip, with an earthy grip showing flavors of juniper, crushed clove and pipe tobacco.  (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I found the 2014 Pinot Noir Fossil Point to be straightforward and a touch simple, but at 19 bucks, who can argue. Medium-bodied, well made and with pretty notes of sweet cherries, framboise and spice, this value priced Pinot Noir is ideal for mid-week drinking. Located in Edna Valley, Center of Effort is run by Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson, with the wines made by Mike Sinor. The entry level efforts are well priced and deliver good character, and the top wines are noteworthy, and in some cases, outstanding. (JD)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

This is part of the higher-end Center of Effort brand. From the winery: "When we say Fossil Point rocks - we mean it! Calcareous shale and coarse sand were uplifted from the floor of an ancient ocean and then weathered into place over millennia. It became a place of deep beauty and vast potential. Fossil Point is a rugged headland with sweeping views of the coastline stretching from Port San Luis to the Guadalupe Dunes. The Point is just five miles due west of the vineyards that are its namesake. Sunny afternoons are cooled by marine breezes sweeping off the Pacific Ocean, along Fossil Point to the vines and grapes. The result are grapes perfectly ripened with balancing acidity."

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
For under $20 a bottle, no one expects this level of presence, structure, and straight-up tastiness from California Pinot. Fortunately, producers like Fossil Point in the Central Coast are producing wines of exceptional substance for the serious Pinot lover. Defined by ripe, voluptuous cherry and raspberry fruit, subtle floral aromas, warm baking spice (cinnamon and clove), cedar and subtle cocoa. This is refined enough for your pork loin with apple compote, and affordable enough to keep on the table as a mainstay.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Being a lifelong admirer of all things ancient, primeval or petrified, it was easy to dig a wine that had the word 'Fossil' on the label. But be warned, this wine is very much undead once it hits your glass, alive with vibrant cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit aromas, followed by potpourri and fresh-pie-from-the-oven flavors that hint of soft spice and smoke. To end on a terrible pun, I'd recommend you get 'Jurassic' in here and try a bottle, as you'll never have to say you're saurian...

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
As with the previous vintage, the 2014 Fossil Point Pinot Noir leads with a nice chocolate-cherry duet, supplemented by smoky-woodsy notes. The palate commences more tart than sweet, with baked cherry and crumble crust bringing up the rear, before finishing gently, without a hint of tannin.

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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.


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Alcohol Content (%): 14.4