Presqu'ile

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

2021
Santa Barbara
Central Coast
California
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Pres-KEEL SANT-a BAR-ba-ra COUNT-ee PEE-no NWAR
Varietal
Pinot Noir
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COLOR
Medium Red/Ruby
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13.5%
GRAPE(S)
Pinot Noir
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Why this wine made the cut…
I don't always drink Pinot, but when I do, I drink Presqu'ile.
Santa Rita Hills, California
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Country / State
California
Region
Central Coast
Sub Region
Santa Barbara
Producer
Presqu'ile
Winemaker(s)
Dieter Cronje
Vintage
2021

Presqu'ile

Santa Rita Hills, California

After an exhaustive search, the Murphy family found an unplanted 200-acre property in the Santa Maria Valley. 16 miles from the Pacific ocean, it was perfect for the elegant style of pinot noir and chardonnay that the family and winemaker Dieter Cronje sought to produce. 

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The approach to the vineyard design was a strategy of combining terroir and diversity. They mapped the site's deep sandy soils, distinct airflows, exposures, and elevations before planting in order to facilitate decision-making about row directions, spacing, clones, and even the rootstocks.

The estate is located in between the San Rafael mountains to the north and the Solomon Hills to the south, which helps to funnel cool air from the Pacific and create a long growing season that yields elegant, balanced pinot noir and chardonnay with good acidity.