2021 Violet Hill Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, California (750ml)
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A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Although a native of Napa, Rob Fischer had no plans to pursue a professional path in winemaking. That quickly changed when he landed a summer job in the tasting room at Domaine Carneros. His seasonal employment soon morphed into a series of fortuitous opportunities, rapidly jumpstarting his winemaking career. Upon graduating with a degree in Enology from Fresno State, Rob joined Étude Wines as associate winemaker, and for the next 9 years advanced to winemaker positions at Étude, Lyric and Beaulieu Vineyards. He is currently the director of winemaking for Valravn, Averaen and Marine Layer. Violet Hill is Rob’s latest project, with a mission to produce affordable, single-appellation, terroir-driven wines, sourced from vineyards up and down the West Coast. We are happy to feature this bottling from their inaugural vintage as part of our Monthly Wine Club.
100% Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, half of which was sourced from the Santa Maria Valley sub-appellation. The Santa Maria Valley, with its chilly winds and fog from the Pacific Ocean, is cold enough to extend the length of the growing season in the region, making it among the longest in the world. Primary fermentation was in small vats, followed by malolactic conversion and ten months of aging in a French oak and tank regimen. Deep red. Aromas of cherry cola and baking spices. The palate is supple, with flavors of red berries, freshly baked cherry pie and a kiss of toffee on the slightly spicy finish.