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Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir 750ML 2011
Sku: 39946
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara County
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
Reg. $26.19
Web Only Sale $19.29
Buy Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir
Wine Advocate 89 points - The only bottled red I was able to taste, and a beautiful Pinot that has solid richness and depth, the 2011 Pinot Noir shows the darker fruit side of the variety with black cherry and hints of blackberry, spice, ground herbs and forest floor on the nose. Medium-bodied, well fruited and balanced, with clean acidity and plenty of length, it will delight for 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. (Aug 2013)

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Alta Maria Vineyards is a partnership between winemaker Paul Wilkins, James Ontiveros and Sao Anash. Paul Wilkins and James Ontiveros were college buddies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and were part of a small group of wine aficionados who founded a wine group, Vines to Wines. While still in college, Paul landed a job with renowned winemaker John Alban in the Edna Valley and eventually was offered an assistant winemaker position. He worked with John Alban for eight years. After graduation James worked as a grape buyer for Kendall-Jackson and later Gallo of Sonoma, an experience that allowed him to walk and learn from hundreds of vineyards all over California. James eventually became the Sales and Marketing Director for Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Paul left Alban Winery for winemaking consulting positions and James planted an 8 acre Pinot Noir vineyard on his family's Rancho Ontiveros. A mutual friend suggested Paul take a look at "what this guy James Ontiveros" was doing with his Pinot vineyard in Santa Maria. When Paul saw his old college friend it wasn't long before the two decided to reunite, this time to make wine. The reunion would prove to be fortuitous, bringing together Paul's expertise in winemaking and James vast knowledge of viticulture. Together they partnered with Sao Anash, former executive director of the Santa Barbara Vintner's Association and started Alta Maria Vineyards. Alta Maria means "Higher or Heavenly Mary," referring to the name bestowed on the Santa Maria River by James' ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros in the 1800s. The label artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails used by homesteaders before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass produced machine cut nails.

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