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Bold Wine Co. Pinot Noir Monterey 2017
The story here seems typical of this producer, and focuses on the Balestra Vineyard which lies just north of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, on a very cold climate benchland property owned and farmed by a multi-generational family of farmers. Because it is closer to the valley to the sea, the wines from the property always show a certain bright, fruit-forward character which is often balanced out by a judicious inclusion of whole clusters during fermentation. There’s a lovely texture here and a dusty, musky presentation of dark cherry and ripe cranberry fruit kissed with a little bit of woodsiness and some elements of spice. For a generally savory Pinot, the edges are rounded and engaging and the wine has both flesh and lift to create a very pleasing experience in the glasss. The terroir nuances rise above anything you can typically buy at this kind ofrprcie. We think the ‘Bold’ wines present a pretty exciting option in a price range like this and there is legitimate excitement as to whether Miller has do with these in the purchases moving forwards. They are certainly off to an impressive start given what we see here. With only a few hundred cases this isn’t going to be a game changer for the market as a whole. But it will certainly prove shrewd value ‘harvest’ for those that move quickly.
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