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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Nielson Pinot Noir
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16¼/20

Nielson Pinot Noir 2017

Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, United StatesTasted alongside 2016, the 2017 Nielson pinot is a little less intense but still a pleaser in the glass. The fruit comes off three dominant pinot regions in Santa Barbara County: Santa Maria Valley, one of California’s coolest AVAs brings the aromatics; Los Alamos, a slightly warmer site bringing the riper, darker, fruit; and Sta. Rita Hills AVA's steep slopes adding stony minerality and austerity. Only 3% new oak figures in 2017, allowing the darker brambly fruit to break through. Vibrant, earthy, floral, black fruited, with a peppery underside, finishing softly. Ready to drink and best served now with grilled chicken or fish burgers.Tasted: 14 September 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 34.99 estimated retail Producer: Nielson WinesDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 732099038694