External Reviews for Forefront Pinot Noir Central Coast Pine Ridge
The Andrus family of Pine Ridge in the Stag's Leap District produce the Forefront wines as a way to expand their reach beyond Napa Valley. They bring the same commitment to quality and they have the contacts to source the best available fruit. This very affordable Pinot Noir is one of their finest achievements, from the stellar 2009 vintage, they've sourced grapes from Santa Barbara (51%), San Luis Obispo (41%) and Monterrey (8%) that bring the essence of Central Coast Pinot. Aged in oak barrels it shows intense aromas of cherry, strawberry and and spicy vanilla that lead to ultra-ripe mouthfilling flavors that just don't quit. For the price this is one the finest Pinots we've come across. Robert Parker rates it a Top Value and called it "Sexy and silky with medium body and no hard edges...a lush, classic Pinot Noir.” And in the Wine Spectator blog they wrote "2009 Pinot Noirs have been stunning, with more outstanding wines than ever before.” This is one not to miss.
Tasting Notes - Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. Santa Barbara County, with its marine soils and warmer climate, provides a base of bright, lifted red fruit while San Luis Obispo County grapes add dense, black fruit and spice notes, due to rich soils and long growing season. Monterey County brings classic notes of red raspberry and earthy undertones to the mix.