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Piro Wine Company, “Points West” Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California 2018 (750mL)
Piro is one of those diamonds, and our white-hot enthusiasm during our tasting convinced us this will be a must-watch name in the coming years. But unlike Columbus, we won’t take credit for the discovery: wine critic Antonio Galloni added his two cents before us by claiming that “Marc Piro is one of Santa Barbara’s most promising young Pinot producers.” That ringing endorsement is fully confirmed in today’s 2018 “Points West” Pinot Noir. It’s packed with a velvet-gloved punch to turn around any lingering naysayers and double-loaded with terroir and elegance for lifelong Pinot disciples. However, this micro-production of 150 cases means only a tiny allocation for us and much-smaller quantities for you, so don’t blink on this one. Bristling with energy, this remarkable effort possesses a striking purity of fruit and exceptional balance. In the glass, it reveals a deep ruby-garnet hue with magenta highlights toward the rim. An enchanting upper register of aromatics jumps forward with vivid red berry fruit, kola nut, ripe cherry, blood orange, baking spice, dried flowers, and anise. The medium-bodied palate hums with verve, ripeness, and intensity before finishing with a commanding, chiseled freshness. There’s no doubt, Piro is a break-out star on the rise.
- CountryUnited States
- RegionSanta Barbara County, California
- Sub-RegionSanta Maria Valley
- SoilLoam w/ Clay
- BlendPinot Noir
- OakNeutral & Once-Used French Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 60° F
- GlasswareBurgundy Stem
- Decanting60 minutes
- PairingSpiced Squabs w/ Onion Compote
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