As Santa Barbara County’s northernmost AVA, Santa Maria Valley is renowned for its unique funnel created by two transverse mountain ranges running east by west. Pinot Noir excels in this well-known transverse valley that, despite its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, is uniquely situated just north of Point Conception, right where the climate is warm and mild enough to ripen grapes to full maturity.
The signature of North Canyon Pinot Noir is a noticeably primary red fruit tone and this vintage is no exception, given its beautifully saturated ruby red color. Notes of bright red cherry, young plum, red currant and raspberry all pop in the glass and combine with exotic nuances of rooibos tea leaf and sweet oak baking spice notes of vanilla and clove. Soft, plush tannins lead to a supple mouth filling texture and bright acidity, contributing a signature buoyancy of character. This wine has balance, depth and complexity, remaining on the palate long into its finish, and hinting at the ageability of this Pinot Noir.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.
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