Icon Wine of the Week: Californian Pinot Noir

For our second Icon Wine of the year our sommelier team decided to show one of their favourite Pinot Noir from Sir Peter Michael’s winery.

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Fort Ross Seaview is a small AVA located North West of Sonoma county, inside the Sonoma Coast appellation. The cool breeze from the Pacific Ocean makes this region particularly well suited for the growing of cool climate grapes such as Pinot Noir.

The first bottling from this vineyard started in 2009 and received 100 Points from Wine Advocate with its second vintage in 2010. The vineyard is located South of the appellation and receives less oceanic influence and more sun from the mountain climate.

This particular location makes Clos du Ciel the most masculine of Sir Peter’s Pinot Noir. 2011 is regarding as a cooler vintage throughout California and the vineyard enjoyed a constant climate throughout the season.

The result is a very perfumed wine with aromas of ripe wild strawberry, red cherry and violet. The 16 months of oak ageing gives a fine and velvety structure and mouth feel with notes of leather, chocolate and a touch of sweet spices.

The palate is long with a very rocky minerality and a great balance. Perfect with duck.