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2012 Pseudonym Pinot Noir
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Pinot Noir
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2012 Pseudonym Pinot Noir

GOLD MEDAL, 91 points - 2016 World Wine Championships
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Craft Competition International Awards

We sourced the fruit for this year's Pseudonym from the Tondre Grapefield Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Just like his father Tondre, grower Joe Alarid is passionate about his vines and grows several different pinot clones. The southeast facing slopes provide ample sunlight and even ripening throughout the long growing season. A strong coastal influence from the Monterey Bay ensures cool nights, preserving acidity for firm structure.  

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For this single vineyard offering, we chose 777, 667 and 115 clones. Incorporating these three classic pinot clones gave us the potential for the development of complex flavors and aromas. The wine was aged for 20 months in both new and neutral barrels. We used 1/3 new French cooperage to impart oak influence that is both subtle and nuanced. The wine was racked and bottled unfiltered to allow the purest expression of the fruit. Ripe black and red fruit flavors are enhanced by soft tannins and a velvety mouth feel.