The Pinot Project Pinot Noir
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The Pinot Noir Project by wine importer Michael Skurnik started in 2009 with the best Pinot Noir grapes available in California. The blend is balanced between Sonoma, Monterey and the Central Coast to provide the highest depth and character from three different soil types and microclimates. Some grapes are picked early to keep their acidity and brightness, while others are let to heat up longer under the Californian sun to give roundness and ripe, juicy, red fruits like cherries and red currants.
Because of that delicate balance, this wine floats between fruity and succulent. It's fermented in stainless steel to keep its freshness, then upwards of 20% of the wine is matured in French oak for 5 months to provide structure and roundness for balance. By keeping the grapes AVA specific, the price-point stays low while still producing a delicate red wine. The result is the perfectly executed balancing act of ripe fruits, touch of oak, classic dried herbs and ginger that Pinot Noir drinkers are always looking for.
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