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Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley
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2018 Pinot Noir Runway Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

A stunning, deeply colored Pinot with incredible complexity and depth. The wine has a core of red and black berries, and offers loads of spice with touches of dried rose petals, licorice, cola, and sagebrush. The vineyard provides classic Santa Maria Valley Pinot fruit with amplified richness and depth. It usually scores in the mid-90s, and this one is sure to follow suit.

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This wine of amazing fruit and depth, is from a relatively new vineyard that earned its wings at ABC with the 2013 vintage, the first Runway designated bottling of its own. It has been a success ever since.

Runway Vineyard planted 16 acres of vines in 2008 on a 1,000 acre parcel. It is located about a mile from our winery, essentially next door to Bien Nacido Vineyards. We have watched their development from the beginning. After all, we are very “nosy” neighbors. The vineyard is owned by the 47th lieutenant Governor of California Abel Maldonado. Abel has been doing his own farming for a few years and he knows what is best for his vineyard. 

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir characteristically has a very fragrant, cranberry, rose petal aroma, and firm structure. The fruit from Runway provides that, yet is richer, darker and more intense. We are now making Runway Vineyard Pinot Noir a large part of our single vineyard Pinot program. The soil there is sandy so once the weather warms in the summer, the grapes ripen quickly. Due to our proximity, we can pick the grapes “just right”.

As with all of our single vineyard Pinots, the wine gets all the TLC needed to ensure optimum quality. It was barrel aged for almost 24 months in François Frères barrels, about 30% new oak.

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