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Taz Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Cuyama River 2005

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In a secluded canyon less than twenty miles from the Pacific Ocean, along the Santa Maria Bench, down a narrow cut framed by rocky cliffs, is the North Canyon Vineyard. It's a box canyon that runs north to south with the Cuyama River cutting through the middle dividing Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The surrounding hills rise to 1,000 feet, catching the cool ocean breezes in the afternoon. Pinot Noir of great character is possible here, where the growing season is mild and the soil is meager. The vineyard's soils are primarily clay loam and some shale, though each TAZ block varies, so that the vines have to struggle and fight to gain flavor. The reward from all of that is a soft, pretty Pinot Noir with brightness and character immediately recognizable as Santa Barbara.The 2005 growing season was ideal. There were no heat spikes, and moderate temperatures allowed the fruit to remain on the vine until it achieved both flavor and sugar ripeness. The lots for this wine were fermented separately and aged for ten months in French oak barrels (36% new). Cuyama River Pinot Noir is soft and feminine with delicate floral aromas followed by layers of cinnamon, cherry and raspberry.ReviewsWine Spectator | James Laube | September 30, 2007The initial push of dried cherry, currant, herb, cedar and fresh earth stay on the dry side, but this picks up depth and richness midpalate and ends up with a tasty mix of berry and herb-tinged flavors.Wine News | June/July 2007Reserved scents of black fruit, cedar and tar. Balanced, grapy flavors of cherry, orange and mocha. Cough drop notes on the finish.

Region: USA » California » Santa Barbara

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Winery: Taz Vineyards
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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In a secluded canyon less than twenty miles from the Pacific Ocean, along the Santa Maria Bench, down a narrow cut framed by rocky cliffs, is the North Canyon Vineyard. It's a box canyon that runs north to south with the Cuyama River cutting through the middle dividing Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The surrounding hills rise to 1,000 feet, catching the cool ocean breezes in the afternoon. Pinot Noir of great character is possible here, where the growing season is mild and the soil is meager. The vineyard's soils are primarily clay loam and some shale, though each TAZ block varies, so that the vines have to struggle and fight to gain flavor. The reward from all of that is a soft, pretty Pinot Noir with brightness and character immediately recognizable as Santa Barbara.The 2005 growing season was ideal. There were no heat spikes, and moderate temperatures allowed the fruit to remain on the vine until it achieved both flavor and sugar ripeness. The lots for this wine were fermented separately and aged for ten months in French oak barrels (36% new). Cuyama River Pinot Noir is soft and feminine with delicate floral aromas followed by layers of cinnamon, cherry and raspberry.ReviewsWine Spectator | James Laube | September 30, 2007The initial push of dried cherry, currant, herb, cedar and fresh earth stay on the dry side, but this picks up depth and richness midpalate and ends up with a tasty mix of berry and herb-tinged flavors.Wine News | June/July 2007Reserved scents of black fruit, cedar and tar. Balanced, grapy flavors of cherry, orange and mocha. Cough drop notes on the finish.

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