(Los Ranchos, Vine Hill Subregion Flavor Profiles)
Santa Cruz Mountains Subregional Flavor Profiles
Tasting the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains is a voyage of discovery through this large and diverse appellation. It is the microclimates and the differences they impart that make our wines so diverse and interesting!
Flavor Profile: These Pinot Noirs are sometimes big, complex and multi-layered with aromas and flavors of olallieberries, cranberries, chocolaty caramel, spicy coriander. Tannins are firm, acid balanced, minerality is evident. They are unctuous and generally fruit forward. Styles of Pinot winemakers are somewhat like the gourmet chef styles, which can range from the big and complex to the subtle, delicately complex and understated, with both stlyes having their devout audiences.
"It's a hard grape to grow...it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early...it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it's neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. It can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked-away corners of the world. And only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, ahhh, its flavors are the most haunting and brilliant, thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet." ~ The character Miles, from the 2004 movie, "Sideways"