2017-C Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, California (750ml)

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Brack Mountain Wine Company was founded in Russian River Valley in 2008 by Jason Enos and Chris Fitzgerald, new friends who had both abandoned careers in tech to pursue livelihoods in the wine industry. Operating as a négotiant of sorts that creates wines under a collection of different labels (including ‘L’Oliveto', ‘Borne’ and ‘Daniel’), Brack Mountain Wine Co. produces wines at various price points from fruit sourced from distinctive vineyard sites across Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and other cool, coastal regions in California. Chris’ son, Dan came aboard as winemaker a year into the company’s inception; his impressive background in winemaking and affinity for delicately balanced, lower alcohol wines has helped transform this family owned wine company from a passionate idea to a producer of 15 distinct brands of handcrafted, artisanal wines that actually deserve those often overused monikers. Dan had previously worked as head winemaker at Pellegrini in addition to honing his craft in the cellars at Williams Seylem, Robert Sinskey and Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia's Yarra Valley. Not afraid to break with convention and embracing the concept that ‘there is always a better way to make something’, Dan Fitzgerald and the Brack Mountain team continue to surprise us with extremely high quality, elegant and fair-priced wines. When they offered us delicious juice to bottle exclusively for our shop, it was a no-brainer decision!

Thanks to Dan’s connections in the Sonoma wine community, he was able to source beautiful fruit for our private label, 100% Pinot Noir from three unique and prime vineyards sites: Cousin’s Vineyard in Russian River Valley, Pauli Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA and the Ferrington Vineyard in Mendocino. Fermented with 25% whole cluster on indigenous yeasts and aged 9 months in 20% new French oak, this luscious Pinot is brimming with notes of vibrant red cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, cola and cedar. The light to medium-bodied palate is lush and expansive, exhibiting riper, almost brandied cherry flavors along with clove, star anise, caramel and butterscotch. Despite all of these opulent flavors, there is a juicy acidity to provide lift, brightness and poise. It feels very appropriate to be releasing this delicious Pinot in autumn, considering the rich red fruit character and warm baking spice/confectionary notes make us almost ready to cozy up indoors with good food, good friends and lots of this wine!

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