2016 Lucky Rock Wine Co. "County Cuvee" Pinot Noir (Previously $17)

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Winery Notes: "Brothers Aaron and Jesse Inman grew up a little differently than your average kids in America; they were raised "on the river" in Northern California by gold-mining parents - yep, prospectors - whilst living in a bus that hopped from mining claim to mining claim. This is, of course, the short and sweet version. Needless to say, such an upbringing creates a different perspective on life and life’s challenges - and making wine. For most miners back then prospecting was about the lifestyle, not the gold or silver. For Aaron and Jesse, winemaking is about people drinking and enjoying their wines, not the terroir, the clones, or expensive French oak barrels. Both Aaron and Jesse got their chops by serving wine - working in tasting rooms, tending bar, and being face-to-face with people enjoying wine rather than just tasting and evaluating it. Both ended up working for their uncle at August Briggs Winery in Napa Valley, learning the ropes of the industry. This County Cuvee Pinot Noir is a blend of three legit vineyards in three different California grape growing counties. The vineyard breakdown is as follows: 56% Vista Verde Vineyard - San Benito County, 24% Morelli Lane Vineyard - Sonoma County and 20% White Sage Vineyard - Monterey County. The wine was aged for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, of which 10% were new."


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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
Good quality Pinot Noir used to be impossible to find for under $15. This goes back to the Sideways days. Then all the vineyard owners began to rip out Merlot and plant Pinot Noir. Now days we can be selective with our value pinot noir picks and wait for a wine like this to come along. The Lucky Rock is fruit driven wine that shows a lovely vibrancy, great pedigree and a long lingering finish. This is great wine to have around the house for solid drinking red that is sure to please.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
A mind boggling value in California Pinot Noir. Lucky Rock is made by a couple young guys driven by one singular mission...to make delicious and affordable Pinot Noir. There's no pretense or stuffiness here...but there is great raw materials and savvy wine making know how. The fruit is sourced from three highly acclaimed vineyards: Vista Verde Vineyard (Williams-Selyem) Dutton Ranch's Morelli Lane Vineyard (Dumol) and White Sage Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands right next door to Hahn's famed Doctor's Vineyard! Fruit from all of these vineyard sites typically makes its way into $50-$60+ single vineyard wines. However the Inman brothers have used their deep connections in the wine business to secure the fruit and combine the parcels into what it is just a flat out delicious, fruit forward, easy drinking, crowd pleasing Pinot. Oh...and it's less than $15! Get some ASAP.
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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.
Country:

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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2