A Beautiful Wine from Pacific Ridge

| September 15, 2012

Pacific Ridge Vineyards is a boutique winery with a charming public tasting room that sits smack in the center of Los Olivos. This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to try two Pinot Noirs from Pacific Ridge. Both the 2009 Lavender label and the 2009 Red Label were noteworthy, but the red label really blew my socks off.

A single vineyard, hand-picked Pinot, grown just off Highway 246, in a cooler area of the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County, this particular wine spoke of delicate handling and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Aged in 100% French oak barrels, the first impressions of the wine’s aroma are immediately identifiable as spice and eucalyptus. This unique and distinctive welcome  was followed by an exciting yet gentle landing to a well balanced, fruit driven, sophisticated Pinot Noir.  A truly unique wine and very limited—less than 100 cases produced.

At approximately $45 per bottle, this is exquisitely paired with a rosemary rack of lamb, but can comfortably stand on its own. A definite must try!

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