Sinor-LaVallee - Pinot Noir
This one was a fun one for me, even better to be able to share this story with you on how and why I sought out this bottle of wine and brand. Sinor-LaVallee headed by Mike Sinor is in a bracket all its own. What I mean is that the Bassi Vineyard is not in any particular AVA, it is one of a kind 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Wineries can preach 'micro-climate' and 'uniqueness', but I can't say any other place had such a cinematic and dramatic landscape to reserve that right. I found myself learning more than the college education in wine gave me, as Mike went through the geography needed to be able to grow vines 1 mile away from the ocean. (vines don't like the salty mist that is common along the coast) I didn't quite picture it until I took the drone up over the vineyard and saw that Southernly oriented slopes that rolled the coastal mist through the valley in a way that prohibited its advance to the vines. Okay, so we haven't talked about the wine...I will leave that for my tasting notes. The one thing to know, it's a staple of Pinot Noir, Mike has gotten consistently 91-96 points across a multitude of critics. I don't think any description I write will say it more than that.
With This Bottle Infront Of Me
Even without a swirl, this wine gives off phenomenal fruit, with it, you get a subtle earth and plum notes. On the taste, it is quite smooth with some spiciness that burns away to a bright red fruit taste that is left to coat your mouth (maybe cherry). A special Pinot from a producer that is consistently above 91 points on these wines.
From The Winery
This is our flagship Pinot Noir blend of eight clones that come together to create a complex reflection of our Bassi Vineyard terroir. Bassi Vineyard is located just 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Avila Beach, outside of any official AVA boundaries. While we are near to other Pinot Noir regions such as Edna Valley and Santa Maria Valley, we are blessed with a wholly distinct Pinot Noir expression that revolves around elegant red fruits, peppery complexity, and a clean, lifted finish.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County
Vineyard DesignationBassi Vineyard
Harvest DateAugust 26 to Sept 27, 2014
AgingApprox 20% new French Oak
Bottling DateAugust 27, 2015
Wild strawberry and earth flavors. Medium body with hints of plum skin and cranberry.
100% fruit from Bassi Vineyard located 1.2 miles from the ocean. 3.21 tons per acre yield for 2014 vintage. 100% hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard, picked into 1/2 ton bins.
Bottled with minimal filtration and stabilization, may contain natural and noble sediment.
616 cases bottled