2010 La Rochelle Paraiso Vineyard Pinot Noir:
The Santa Lucia Highlands is fast becoming a preeminent Pinot Noir growing region. This slender hillside growing area extends roughly 18 miles northwest to southeast in Monterey County. With a mountain chain to the west, cooled by wind from the Pacific Ocean, and ripening sun from its elevated exposures, the Santa Lucia Highlands is home to some of the most profound Pinots now being made.
The unique essence of the Paraiso Vineyard creates terroir-driven bottles that will evolve with age. Round and inviting red fruit aromas of ripe black cherry, fresh figs and clove meet the nose. Tart and warm baking spice flavors overcome the palate, with dominant round cherry and strawberry compote flavors. A savory note soon follows with raw hazelnuts, plus a bit of toast and smoke. Pair with roast duck or chicken, fresh squash soup or charcuterie.
The Paraiso Vineyard, planted in the southern (and warmer) end of the Santa Lucia Highlands in 1973, has consistently produced wine with black fruit aromatics, wonderful power and finesse.
Following a nose of black cherry, pomegranate, and wood dusted with spice, the vineyard produces typical red cherry flavors, cola nut, and orange oil notes that are obvious in the mouth. This vintage has a gorgeous foundation of mouth-watering acidity and balancing tannin; its fruit is significantly rich on entry and viscous in the mid-palate. In the mouth, the flavors of cola nut, orange oil and raspberry are there immediately but become even more defined with time. This wine will be a wonderful accompaniment to salmon, duck, and other fowl. It is drinking beautifully now, but could age for another five to eight years.
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