2016 Blair Estate Pinot Noir, Delfina's Vineyard, Arroyo Seco California

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Jeffrey Blair honors both his family’s multi-generational farming legacy, as well as his late grandmother Delfina with this eponymous Pinot Noir. The vines are planted in Delfina’s Vineyard, located in the cooler northeast corner of the Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey County. Blair Estate makes around 1200 cases of wine annually, focusing on the expression of Pinot Noir from a single parcel of land. Waiting until the grapes express their full flavor potential, Jeffrey tests the grape’s ripeness every Sunday following véraison by tasting them rather than using a refractometer. 

The combination of strong winds from Monterey Bay and overall cool climate creates a Pinot Noir reminiscent of Burgundy. The wine is fermented and matured in both new and neutral French oak, complementing the fresh fruit aromas with vanilla and baking spices. The nose opens with cola, sassafras, plum skins, smoked paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of menthol. Although the alcohol is just under 14%, the wine has some warmth on the palate. Combined with refreshing acidity and smooth, ripe tannins, this Pinot Noir has enough structure to stand up to roasted duck or even venison.


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