2014 Adelaida "HMR Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Pinot Noir

SKU #1298958 90 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry and spicecake are complemented by subtle woodsmoke and dark chocolate nuances. Concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become livelier with air, picking up a hint of candied flowers. Fine-grained tannins emerge slowly on a long, sappy finish that echoes the berry and spice notes. Pretty impressive for a Pinot from this region, which is hardly known for producing delicate wines. After extensive construction, work a fancy new tasting room and visitors’ center has been completed at this strikingly scenic hilltop site, making Adelaida among the region’s most attractive spots for wine tasting. The quality, consistency and approachability of the wines has increased since 2012, when winemaker Jeremy Weintraub took the reins. (JR)  (6/2016)

Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from the HMR Estate Vineyard in Paso Robles, the 2015 Pinot Noir HMR Estate Vineyard (15% whole clusters brought up in 30% new French oak) reveals a transparent ruby color as well as a ripe nose of black cherries, earth, forest floor and spice. It has considerable elegance on the palate, fine tannin, and a clean, classy finish. It's a damn good Pinot Noir. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Probably the most impressive Pinot I've tasted from Paso, the 2014 Pinot Noir HMR Vineyard has a great nose with classic spiced cherries, framboise and floral notes in a layered, supple, gorgeously polished, elegant and balanced package that has fine tannin, impeccable balance and a great finish. An estate that continues to go from strength to strength is Adelaida Cellars, which is located on the northern side of Paso Robles, just off of Adelaida Road. The wines are made by Jeremy Weintraub, and as I've said in the past, these are classic Paso Robles wines that merit attention. (JD)  (8/2016)

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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.


- 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.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.