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Wente Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noirtext
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16¼/20

Wente Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, Central Coast, California, United StatesThe Wente Riva Ranch is sourced from the family’s estate vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco’s long, cool, growing season is ideal for pinot noir, as are the gravelly-loam soils rich in shale and limestone deposits. Add to that the old vines and eight clones (Pommard, Martini, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, and 77), and you have a complex mix of agents that contribute to this affordable pinot. In 2018 the wine was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 16 months in a 50/50 mix of new French oak and neutral oak. Baking spices mingled with red raspberry and red apple fruit aroma and flavours in a very drinkable pinot noir with light tannins. Serve now with grilled pork sausages, duck or salmon.Tasted: 26 April 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 31.99 private wine shops Producer: Wente VineyardsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 25874UPC: 089636430313