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Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2011

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This is a year with great potential. Slow and even fruit ripening coupled with low harvest yields produced wines with excellent acidity and balance. Tannins are soft but firm hinting at superb aging potential.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Carmel Road Winery:
Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the tempo is relaxed and measured. Most mornings our vineyards are shrouded in fog. Most afternoons a brisk Pacific Ocean wind blows southward along the ridge tops and benchlands of Salinas Valley delivering fresh, cool maritime air. For years our region was considered too cold and windy to grow world-class... Read more
Carmel Road Winery is located in the heart of Monterey County where the air is crisp and the tempo is relaxed and measured. Most mornings our vineyards are shrouded in fog. Most afternoons a brisk Pacific Ocean wind blows southward along the ridge tops and benchlands of Salinas Valley delivering fresh, cool maritime air. For years our region was considered too cold and windy to grow world-class grapes. Today, Monterey boasts some of the most highly-acclaimed AVAs in all of California. Since 1999 Carmel Road has been producing stunning Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from some of Monterey's finest benchland vineyards using a mix of proprietary and traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,858
3.50 5
01/24/2012

This smells exotically fruity with lots of pineapple, kiwi and yellow citrus fruit notes all buttressed with light oak spice and a streak of vanilla. Rich and very front-loaded, this enters the mouth like gangbusters but begins to fade rather quickly. What’s here is very attractive- pineapple, lime and very subtle oak influence yielding a rather refreshing and easy to enjoy wine. The acidity pops towards the back with pineapple and creamy oak notes before fading again on the modest finish. A little bit of a fruit bomb. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,858
0.00 5
07/20/2012

Rather floral on the nose and quite perfumed. Gentle leesy edges add nuance to the core of peach and almond toned fruit that has a distinctive cherry note to it. Unusual but attractive on the nose. Medium plus-bodied in the mouth with an early rush of lemon candy that settles into a baked apple and lemon groove on the mid-palate. This has a gently creamy edge and some suggestions of sweet nuttiness in the mouth, all supported by bright lemon curd flavors. This is pretty bright and mouth-filling. A good value in a style I can go for. 87pts


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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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3.50 5
02/23/2011

Velvety raspberry floral aroma. Rosy plum color. Waves of berry blankets the palate leaving a soothing finish possibly requiring another taste. Accompanied by a mushroom bisque, followed duck salad with mandarins at lunch in Carmel.


Snooth User: dannygive
109372015
4.00 5
05/11/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

A very fresh and admirably pure nose of mostly red berries displays a top note of cranberry. The delicious round and plush middle weight flavors possess a seductive mouth feel before ending in a clean dry and balanced finish of average depth but good persistence. This very forward effort offers excellent value for the quality. Burghound.


External Review
01/10/2012

Our Chardonnays are known for their rich flavors, firm acidity and brilliant varietal flavors. But it is the pronounced minerality that sets them apart from their peers throughout the Golden State. Our 2010 Monterey Chardonnay offers a rich palate and crisp framework with tangerine peel aromas and tropical flavors of guava and pear with a touch of vanilla. The flavors are luscious, fruit forward and distinctly mineral thanks to our unique inner-coastal soils. The finish is crisp, structured and long. - WineryCOMPOSITION: 100% CHARDONNAYVINEYARD SOURCES: CLARK, PUENTE DEL MONTE, FRANSCIONI SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS, PORTERAPPELLATION : MONTEREYCLONES: 4, 809, Z, 96BARREL AGING: 5 MONTHS IN 67% FRENCH OA K (15% NEW), 16 % AMERICAN OAK (5% NEW) AND 17% STAINLESS STEEL TANKSALCOHOL: 13.5%PH: 3.47TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.59 G/100ML


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

A sweet Pinot Noir soft and rich in pie-filling raspberry and cherry fruit flavors with a coating of smoky oak. It s clean and precise and delicious a wine to drink now with a nice steak or chop. S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
09/23/2011

"To capture the character of the Clark Ranch Vineyard we utilize a number of hands-on techniques including cold pre-soaks


External Review
11/09/2011

Our 2010 Monterey Chardonnay offers a rich palate and crisp framework with tangerine peel aromas and tropical flavors of guava and pear with a touch of vanilla.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Restaurant Wine ReviewThe Arroyo Seco is full bodied and medium rich; a Pinot Noir with complex character (tobacco, sage, toast, blueberry, and baked cherry), good depth of flavors, and a long finish.Wine Tasting NotesThis is a year with great potential. Slow and even fruit ripening coupled with low harvest yields produced wines with excellent acidity and balance. Tannins are soft but firm hinting at superb aging potential.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/20/2011

A sweet Pinot Noir, soft and rich in pie-filling raspberry and cherry fruit flavors, with a coating of smoky oak. It's clean and precise and delicious, a wine to drink now with a nice steak or chop. S.H. Wine Enthusiast. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Secco 1500ml



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