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2012 LaMontagne Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills

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About the Wine

Santa Rita Hills AVA is located on California's Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. This appellation is rapidly becoming one of the favorites of the most important wine critics in the world. Wine Spectator said: “This appellation in Santa Barbara County is quickly making a name for itself courtesy of some delicious Pinot Noirs”, and James Suckling stated that he’s “In love with Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. They are bold and rich wines yet balanced and refined with wonderful freshness and length”.

Its privileged location, close to the Pacific Ocean, allows a refreshing sea breeze to cool the vineyards, and combined with the sedimentary limestone soil, this AVA is producing some of the best Pinot Noirs in the new world. 

Kimberly Smith, owner and winemaker of LaMontagne, is a visionary and passionate businesswoman; her great love for Pinot Noir was what led her to the tireless search of discovering how to produce the best wines from this grape. In 2006, she began to plot her dream with the help of his mentor, winemaker Wes Hagen. Hagen was named in 2013 as “One of the 100 most influential winemakers in the USA” according to Decanter.

Currently, Kimberly works hand in hand with her son Alec, who despite his young age, has been a key person in the development of the winery; he has had the opportunity to be involved in the process since the start of LaMontagne. Together, they're producing award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays.

This wine comes from Rancho La Viña, a 35-acre vineyard that is home to some of the best Pinot Noirs in the country. Some of the best wineries in the area, like Ken Brown and Samsara, also obtain their grapes from this top-tier vineyard.

Tasting Notes: 100% Pinot Noir. Fun and deep aromas of red berries and cherry cola, subtle touch of tobacco. Well-balanced on the palate with exciting freshness and a long finish. Pair this wine with grilled salmon or tuna, pulled pork burger, or baked brie with cranberry jam.

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