2014 Carmel Road "South Crest Panorama Vineyard" Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $55)

SKU #1433803 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir South Crest is a little closed at this youthful stage, revealing subtle cranberry and rhubarb notes with underlying earth and underbrush notes. Medium to full-bodied, it has a lovely velvety texture and racy backbone supporting the powerful red fruit and earthy flavors, finishing long. (LPB)  (9/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Soft red rose petals, cranberry, wet slate and dust show on the nose of this bottling, one of the first new-block designates released by this producer. The palate's plush texture carries strong soil flavors of crushed gravel and turned earth, which give depth to the background of ripe raspberry and pomegranate fruit. (MK)  (3/2018)

K&L Notes

Once considered too cool for vineyards, Monterey has become the "hot" spot for sleek Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here Carmel Road Winery crafts vibrant wines that captures the essence of this remarkable region. They've been producing some of the region's most exciting wines since 1999. Not only are the wines racy and charming, Carmel Road Winery is dedicated to the well-being of the area, being both SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and SSCW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certified. The Panorama Vineyard, in Arroyo Seco is comprised of high density planting. This vine spacing practice mirrors some of the top producers in Burgundy. Close spacing forces vines to compete for water and nutrients, resulting in wines with heightened aromatics, greater concentration and more complexity. The South Crest delivers precisely the kind of profile we look for in a classic, cool-climate Pinot. Bright cherry fruit, a clean delivery, and an engaging complexity, all work to excellent effect. Crafted according to sustainable practices, it displays unparalleled purity and focus.


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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
Following on the heels of our recent Carmel Road offer; which sold out in one day; comes our next insane opportunity. Once again, we were able to secure the entire remaining stock from the winery and offer it at a ridiculously low price. The winery was selling this wine for $55, but we're offering it for $19.99! The Panorama vineyard, within the Arroyo Seco AVA, is adjacent to the more famous Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and is considered by many to be the top vineyard in the area. This is Pinot Noir country. The vineyard is divided into three distinct plots; First Row, North Crest, and South Crest. While all sites produce textbook Pinot Noir, the South Crest is the strongest offering from the 2014 vintage. These Carmel Road offerings are the best Pinot Noir opportunities I’ve been able to secure this year. To repeat; the 2015 sold out in one day. It won't surprise me if history repeats.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.