The Santa Cruz Mountains have long produced some of the New World’s very finest wines. Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir derives its quality from a very unique confluence of climate and geology. The appellation is bordered by two bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean on the west and the San Francisco Bay on the east. This situation creates a cool climate that moderates California’s late season heat spikes, producing intense wines with beautiful balance.
At 2360 feet of elevation, Skyline Vineyard (about 30 minutes from Loma Mar) is one of the highest Pinot Noir vineyards in California. This extreme altitude helps cool the vineyard while providing the constant sunshine that is found above the fog. The rocky soils are extremely shallow and make the vines work hard throughout the season.
This 2013 Artisan Red is a blend of Tempranillo, Grenache, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Look for Skyline Vineyard Wines at fine dining and retail stores in the Bay Area. I picked this one up at Whole Foods for $13.99!
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Published by Amy on: Mar 29, 2017