2020 Samuel Louis Smith Pinot Noir 'Montañita de Oro'
Monterey County, California
Montañita de Oro highlights the best of Monterey County’s mountain pinot sites, and in V.20 incorporates a bit of the Sta. Rita Hills for a bit of extra spice.
Coastview Vineyard (50%) is located on a ridgetop at 2300 feet in the Gabilan Mountains, and is one of the most dramatic sites on the Central Coast. Thin soils of decomposed granite and limestone are planted to a smattering of Burgundian, Rhône, and Bordelais varietals. Planted in 1999 and organically farmed.
Double L Vineyard (35%) was planted in 1997 and is one of the northernmost vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The windswept, granitic clay and sandy loam soils are planted to pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, and riesling. Organically farmed.
Spear Vineyard (15%) is one of the newest and most compelling sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in 2014 and farmed organically by Ofer Shepher, its northern border and steep north-facing slopes hug Highway 246. Varied elevation reaches 900 feet and soils are comprised of marine sedimentary clay and sand.
Bright red. Wild cherry, rose petal, baking spices, and damp earth on the nose are supported by dark red fruits and sweet and savory spices on the palate. Medium bodied, framed by medium plus acidity elegant tannins.