2016 Aequorea "Seafarer" San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

SKU #1397650 92 points Vinous

 Lurid red. Candied red fruits, musky flowers and a hint of vanilla on the spice-accented nose. Juicy, energetic raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors slowly turn sweeter with air. Very nicely concentrated, but this Pinot is distinctly lithe in character, with no rough edges and silky tannins framing a long, red-fruit-dominated finish. (JR)  (1/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Pinot Noir Seafarer is outstanding. Brought up in 30% new French oak, it offers a medium ruby color as well as complex notes of cedary spice, underbrush, forest floor, and sweet red fruits. Textured, medium-bodied, and just beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.  (11/2018)

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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2019 | Send Email
A blend of four unique vineyard sites, the Aequorea "Seafarer" Pinot is the breakout wine of the summer. Beautifully balanced and expressive Pinot Noir, this is the result of dedicated searching to find the most terroir-driven sites in San Luis Obispo. Medium-bodied, with bright, juicy red fruits, soft tannin, and a hint of saline and dried herbs. If you're looking to bust out of a Pinot rut and try something unique and delicious, this is the one to go for.

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2019 | Send Email
Surfer/winemaker Aaron Jackson from Aaron Wines brings us his new Pinot Noir collection under the label Aequorea. Literally translating to “Of The Sea”, the name is well suited to his vineyard sites which are all no more than 6 miles from the Pacific. The 2016 “Seafarer” is a blend of four distinct vineyards along the San Luis Obispo County coast and is nothing but voluptuous and crowd-pleasing in style. Surprisingly ripe despite the coastal proximity this Pinot shows notes of bright Bing Cherry, plum and bit of spice. Overall this a solid wine from an up and coming winemaker.

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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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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.