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Loring Wine Company Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard Pinot Noir Us-California Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley-Ava 2004

External Review by Astor Wines & Spirits:

Coming from the new Rancho Onitveros vineyard in the south east area of Santa Maria Valley, this Pinot Noir from Brian Loring shows delicate floral notes, with underlying layer of red raspberry and black cherry. This is small production Pinot Noir at its best.

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Loring Wine Company:
My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop in Hollywood (Victor's), where one of the owners was a Burgundy fanatic. So, my very first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. Needless to say, I found subsequent tasting safar... Read more
My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop in Hollywood (Victor's), where one of the owners was a Burgundy fanatic. So, my very first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. Needless to say, I found subsequent tasting safaris into the domestic Pinot Noir jungle less than satisfying. It wasn稚 until I literally stumbled into Calera (I tripped over a case of their wine in the store room) that I found a California Pinot Noir that I could love. But it would be quite a while before I found someone else that lived up to the standard that Josh Jensen had established. I eventually came to understand and enjoy Pinots from Williams Selyem, Chalone, and Sanford, but I really got excited about California Pinot Noir when I met Norm Beko from Cottonwood Canyon at an Orange County Wine Society tasting. I壇 made about 3 trips around the booths at the tasting without finding a single good Pinot Noir. So, being the open minded person that I am (remember I passed him up 3 times), I stopped at the Cottonwood booth. I was BLOWN away by Norm痴 1990 Santa Maria Pinot Noir. After a few years of attending every Cottonwood event and asking Norm 10,000 questions about winemaking, he offered to let come learn the process during the '97 crush. I checked sugar levels, picked, crushed, punched down, pressed, filled barrels, and generally moved a bunch of stuff around with fork lifts and pallet jacks! It was the time of my life... I was totally hooked. And even though I hadn't planned it, I ended up making two barrels of Pinot Noir. That was the start of the Loring Wine Company. What had started out as a dream 15 years earlier was now a reality - I was a winemaker! Read less

External Reviews for Loring Wine Company Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard Pinot Noir Us-California Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley-Ava

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/11/2007

Coming from the new Rancho Onitveros vineyard in the south east area of Santa Maria Valley, this Pinot Noir from Brian Loring shows delicate floral notes, with underlying layer of red raspberry and black cherry. This is small production Pinot Noir at its best.




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