RANCH 32 Pinot Noir
- Grape: Pinot noir
- Country : Monterrey, USA
- Type : Red
- ABV : 15%
12 in stock
This Pinot delivers delicate aromas of cherries, raspberries and currants with notes of mocha and vanilla from the French oak. It is medium-bodied and velvety with soft tannins and a long elegant finish.
This elegant wine goes well with roast vegetables, roast mushrooms and duck, cherry sauces and gravy.
Their estate vineyards are within the Arroyo Seco, San Lucas and Hames Valley AVAs. An AVA (American Viticultural Area), or appellation, is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States that is distinguishable by its geographic features. The finest wines in the world are closely identified with the regions from which they originate. An AVA designation means there are distinctive characteristics of the specific region that set it apart. Ranch 32 highlights the natural characteristics of the terroir and conveys the taste of the place.
ARROYO SECO Consisting of only 18,240 acres, the Arroyo Seco AVA is one of the smallest, but one of the most diverse, AVAs in the state of California. Literally meaning “dry riverbed,” the AVA has extreme variations in topography and soil types. Deep in the canyon, vineyards are shielded from characteristic afternoon winds, but then as the canyon opens to the valley floor, the afternoon breezes off the Monterey Bay cool the grapes, regulating their growth and intensifying their fruit flavoUrs.
SAN LUCAS Unlike other AVAs in Monterey County, San Lucas is less affected by the breezes from the Monterey Bay. In the morning, this allows the fog to linger, but then results in warmer temperatures later in the day once the fog has been burned off by the afternoon sun. Temperatures often fluctuate as much as 40 degrees during the summer from day to night. This temperature swing is one of the contributing factors to the longer growing season here, giving the fruit time develop a full body and flavour.
HAMES VALLEY Although the region does experience a cooling effect from the Pacific Ocean, its geographic location shelters the vines from the afternoon winds that come howling down the Salinas Valley corridor, giving Hames Valley a warmer climate compared to northern Monterey County. This area enjoys the widest diurnal temperature change of all the Monterey AVAs. The shaly loam soil found in Hames Valley, combined with its warmer weather, produces grapes with intense, bold flavours.
Winemaking starts in the vineyard. Each decision throughout the growing year has an effect on quality and flavour. From the vineyard design to the annual activities of pruning, tying and picking decisions, we exert the highest level of control over every detail.
Clone-specific blocks are harvested and fermented separately in small lots. Specific oak profiles are applied to each lot with the intention to support the fruit, not overwhelm it. Final blending occurs just before bottling to express the nuances of each terroir and variety
Vincent Catalaa, The Winemaker.
When you are born and raised in a small town near Toulouse, France, and your father is from Bordeaux, there’s a good chance for him will end up in the wine business. Vincent left home to attend the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse and his major was not in doubt. While earning a Master of Science in Enology and Viticulture, he interned at various wineries across the south of France. After working a harvest for a small winery in South Africa, he headed to the U.S. where he has honed his winemaking skills since 2005.
When making Ranch 32 wines, Vincent brings an international perspective to his craft. As an expert in the art of tasting and blending, he seeks to protect, express and enhance the quality of the fruit that comes from the Arroyo Seco, San Lucas and Hames Valley AVAs.