Winery: Pali Wine Co.
Bottling: 2007 “Huntington” Pinot Noir, AVA Blend
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara, California Central Coast
Estimated Retail Price: $20
Purchase Details: Purchased from the San Francisco Wine Trading Company in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, California for $19.95 plus tax.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, ruby red hues. On the nose aromas of plum, spice and dark berries. In the mouth, flavors of red plum, dusty cherries and raspberries and a slight tinge of mineral. The Huntington is juicy, lush and a lot more fruit driven than the Pali “Bluffs” Russian River blend which shows much more of an earthy, damp earth profile.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: To be drunk with good company and nothing else. We broke this open as soon as we found out that we got the place we wanted to rent in the city. We were ecstatic about it and actually found out as soon as we returned home to our friend’s place.
Winery & Other Background Information: The wines of Pali Wine Co. are made by Brian Loring of Loring Wine Co. The wines of Pali like Loring, focuses on producing premium pinot noir sourced from single vineyard sites from around the state. One taste of Pali wines and you’ll see that Loring has definitely lent his touch to the winemaking process.
I’ve tasted only a handful of pinots from the Pali portfolio and the majority of them require some time in the cellar to really show themselves. These new AVA blends from the Russian River and Santa Barbara are a good introduction and great examples of the wine style exhibited in the Pali portfolio.