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Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2009

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About This Wine: Our Estate Pinot Noir is a blend of all the picks from our Gold Coast Vineyard. Each year we harvest the Pinot Noir in as many separate lots as possible in order to get different levels of acidity, potential alcohol, and a variety of flavor profiles. Each lot is destemmed, fermented, and aged separately so that it’s individual characteristics could be evaluated. Early picks are dusty strawberry, lower in alcohol and higher in acidity. Later picks are darker in tone and heavier in weight. Once a blend is made, the resulting wine is a more complete pinot noir, with layers of flavor and complexity.<br/><br/> A cold soak lasted for 4-6 days depending on the lot and then each lot was inoculated with RC 212 yeast. Manual punch downs, twice a day, were carried out during fermentation, and the wine was pressed to barrel at dryness. Francois Freres French oak was used for aging (30% new). After 11 months in barrel, a blend was assembled, lightly egg-white fined, and returned to barrel for an additional 3 months to harmonize (14 months total time in barrel) prior to bottling unfiltered.<br/><br/> The grapes are primarily Martini clone Pinot Noir – a traditional California clone that expresses itself in a more feminine style (soft, spice, floral, and layered). 2009 is a very elegant and pretty vintage. All our ’09 Pinots are lighter in body than either of the ‘08’s or ’10 but with very precise aromas and flavors. The wine has classic Martini clone Pinot Noir earthiness blended with aromas of strawberry, white pepper cinnamon, and clove. Red berry/cherry flavors are on the palate first, followed by cola, tea leaf, and white pepper. The wine’s finish is long, silky, and smooth with berries, sage, clove, and citrus.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Costa De Oro Winery is the off-shoot of parent company Gold Coast Farms, located in Santa Maria, California. Founding members Ron Burk and Bob Espinola, began farming in 1978, growing a variety of crops, including strawberries, cilantro, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and sweet corn. However, on a bluff at Fuglar’s Point, where the soil proved to be poor for vegetable growth, Ron and Bob decided to try wine grapes. It was a wise and profitable decision. The well drained, sandy loam soil, although difficult for vegetable production, was perfect for wine grapes. So, in 1989 Gold Coast Vineyard was planted with cuttings from the prestigious Sierra Madre Vineyard. Today, 20 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay cover this beautiful and unique landscape of the Santa Maria Valley.<br/><br/> The vineyard began producing fruit in the early 90's and the grapes were sold to local wineries including Au Bon Climat, Foxen, Lane Tanner, and Hitching Post. During this time, Gary developed a friendship with Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat. Jim ultimately offered Gary a harvest position at the famed Au Bon Climat/Qupé Winery in 1994. Gary was offered a full time position after the harvest and stayed until 2002.<br/><br/> While at ABC/Qupé in 1994, Gary produced the first Costa de Oro wines; 1 barrel each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each year Costa de Oro continued to grow, reaching 2500 cases in the year 2002. At this point, Gary left ABC/Qupé and today Costa de Oro leases space and shares production equipment with 2 other wineries. Production has increased to 6,500 cases annually and the wine is sold in 15 states across the country. Costa de Oro also produces special private labels lots for clients such as James Beard Award Winner Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach.<br/><br/> The Costa De Oro Tasting Room opened in 2006 at the location of our original strawberry stand off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria. Visitors can enjoy our Estate wines as well as other varietals. We also offer our Gold Coast strawberries, when in season, along with locally grown produce on our farmer’s market patio. Our gift baskets and wine gift boxes are the perfect hostess gifts when traveling to visit family and friends. Come see why we’re called "the most unique tasting room on the Central Coast!"<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.1%<br/><br/>

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Costa De Oro Vineyards & Winery:
Welcome to Costa de Oro Winery! Our mission is to produce the finest wines from the Central Coast using the artistry of Old-World winemaking styles and New-World grape growing practices. Our Gold Coast Vineyard, located in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County, is the home for our Estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. We have carefully selected several Central Coast vineyards to source a... Read more
Welcome to Costa de Oro Winery! Our mission is to produce the finest wines from the Central Coast using the artistry of Old-World winemaking styles and New-World grape growing practices. Our Gold Coast Vineyard, located in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County, is the home for our Estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. We have carefully selected several Central Coast vineyards to source additional grapes for our label. Winemaker Gary Burk produces wines of balance, harmony and complexity for you to drink and enjoy! Costa De Oro Winery is the off-shoot of parent company Gold Coast Farms, located in Santa Maria, California. Founding members Ron Burk and Bob Espinola, began farming in 1978, growing a variety of crops, including strawberries, cilantro, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and sweet corn. However, on a bluff at Fuglar’s Point, where the soil proved to be poor for vegetable growth, Ron and Bob decided to try wine grapes. It was a wise and profitable decision. The well drained, sandy loam soil, although difficult for vegetable production, was perfect for wine grapes. So, in 1989 Gold Coast Vineyard was planted with cuttings from the prestigious Sierra Madre Vineyard. Today, 20 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay cover this beautiful and unique landscape of the Santa Maria Valley. The vineyard began producing fruit in the early 90's and the grapes were sold to local wineries including Au Bon Climat, Foxen, Lane Tanner, and Hitching Post. During this time, Gary developed a friendship with Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat. Jim ultimately offered Gary a harvest position at the famed Au Bon Climat/Qupé Winery in 1994. Gary was offered a full time position after the harvest and stayed until 2002. While at ABC/Qupé in 1994, Gary produced the first Costa de Oro wines; 1 barrel each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each year Costa de Oro continued to grow, reaching 2500 cases in the year 2002. At this point, Gary left ABC/Qupé and today Costa de Oro leases space and shares production equipment with 2 other wineries. Production has increased to 6,500 cases annually and the wine is sold in 15 states across the country. Costa de Oro also produces special private labels lots for clients such as James Beard Award Winner Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach. The Costa De Oro Tasting Room opened in 2006 at the location of our original strawberry stand off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria. Visitors can enjoy our Estate wines as well as other varietals. We also offer our Gold Coast strawberries, when in season, along with locally grown produce on our farmer’s market patio. Our gift baskets and wine gift boxes are the perfect hostess gifts when traveling to visit family and friends. Come see why we’re called "the most unique tasting room on the Central Coast!" Read less

About This Wine: Our Estate Pinot Noir is a blend of all the picks from our Gold Coast Vineyard. Each year we harvest the Pinot Noir in as many separate lots as possible in order to get different levels of acidity, potential alcohol, and a variety of flavor profiles. Each lot is destemmed, fermented, and aged separately so that it’s individual characteristics could be evaluated. Early picks are dusty strawberry, lower in alcohol and higher in acidity. Later picks are darker in tone and heavier in weight. Once a blend is made, the resulting wine is a more complete pinot noir, with layers of flavor and complexity.<br/><br/> A cold soak lasted for 4-6 days depending on the lot and then each lot was inoculated with RC 212 yeast. Manual punch downs, twice a day, were carried out during fermentation, and the wine was pressed to barrel at dryness. Francois Freres French oak was used for aging (30% new). After 11 months in barrel, a blend was assembled, lightly egg-white fined, and returned to barrel for an additional 3 months to harmonize (14 months total time in barrel) prior to bottling unfiltered.<br/><br/> The grapes are primarily Martini clone Pinot Noir – a traditional California clone that expresses itself in a more feminine style (soft, spice, floral, and layered). 2009 is a very elegant and pretty vintage. All our ’09 Pinots are lighter in body than either of the ‘08’s or ’10 but with very precise aromas and flavors. The wine has classic Martini clone Pinot Noir earthiness blended with aromas of strawberry, white pepper cinnamon, and clove. Red berry/cherry flavors are on the palate first, followed by cola, tea leaf, and white pepper. The wine’s finish is long, silky, and smooth with berries, sage, clove, and citrus.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Costa De Oro Winery is the off-shoot of parent company Gold Coast Farms, located in Santa Maria, California. Founding members Ron Burk and Bob Espinola, began farming in 1978, growing a variety of crops, including strawberries, cilantro, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and sweet corn. However, on a bluff at Fuglar’s Point, where the soil proved to be poor for vegetable growth, Ron and Bob decided to try wine grapes. It was a wise and profitable decision. The well drained, sandy loam soil, although difficult for vegetable production, was perfect for wine grapes. So, in 1989 Gold Coast Vineyard was planted with cuttings from the prestigious Sierra Madre Vineyard. Today, 20 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay cover this beautiful and unique landscape of the Santa Maria Valley.<br/><br/> The vineyard began producing fruit in the early 90's and the grapes were sold to local wineries including Au Bon Climat, Foxen, Lane Tanner, and Hitching Post. During this time, Gary developed a friendship with Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat. Jim ultimately offered Gary a harvest position at the famed Au Bon Climat/Qupé Winery in 1994. Gary was offered a full time position after the harvest and stayed until 2002.<br/><br/> While at ABC/Qupé in 1994, Gary produced the first Costa de Oro wines; 1 barrel each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each year Costa de Oro continued to grow, reaching 2500 cases in the year 2002. At this point, Gary left ABC/Qupé and today Costa de Oro leases space and shares production equipment with 2 other wineries. Production has increased to 6,500 cases annually and the wine is sold in 15 states across the country. Costa de Oro also produces special private labels lots for clients such as James Beard Award Winner Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach.<br/><br/> The Costa De Oro Tasting Room opened in 2006 at the location of our original strawberry stand off the 101 Freeway in Santa Maria. Visitors can enjoy our Estate wines as well as other varietals. We also offer our Gold Coast strawberries, when in season, along with locally grown produce on our farmer’s market patio. Our gift baskets and wine gift boxes are the perfect hostess gifts when traveling to visit family and friends. Come see why we’re called "the most unique tasting room on the Central Coast!"<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.1%<br/><br/>

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