BOEN Santa Maria Pinot Noir 2016
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The Santa Maria Valley is the second oldest appellation in California and the northernmost appellation in Santa Barbara County. It is also one of the most interesting and diverse agricultural regions in North America, home to berry and avocado farms in addition to world-class vineyards. With valleys that run east-west, which is unique in California, the vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley enjoy a moderate Mediterranean climate that is well-suited to winegrowing, particularly cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The famed Santa Ana winds are known for bringing hot, dry weather to the region which spikes fruit ripeness just before harvest. The soil types range from diatomaceous earth and limestone to clay loam and sand - each of which contributes unique characteristics to the wines of the region. Rich, dark garnet in color. Notes of cherries, strawberries, and blackberries layered with hints of cola and caramel. Intense and mouth-filling palate with flavors of cherry, crème de cassis and berry pie complemented by supple acidity and firm tannins to carry through to a long, lingering finish.