Tamayo Family - 2006 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes

  • BH: Medium red color, medium legs. Great Pinot nose. Lots of acid balances the fruit flavors.
  • DJO: Brick red in color. Nose has some dusty-grassy smell with cedar notes. Medium to short finish.
  • MA: Dark red with a slight orange rim in appearance with no color on tear drops. Nose is clean, with earth minerals and some wood. Shows some spice/pepper on the palate.
  • RA: Good clarity, dark ruby red in color. Nose has a cedar scent with the taste of minerals and dust. Medium long finish.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Appelation Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Dates Unknown
Sugar at Harvest Unknown degrees Brix
Fermentation Unknown
Aging / Cooperage Unknown
Alcohol 14.9% by volume
Acidity TA: .61, pH: 3.81

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About the Vineyards

The source of the wine is from the famed hillside vineyards of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard and Santa Lucia Highlands.

About the Vintage

The 2005 Vintage was rated highly by those publications that can’t seem to resist assigning a number to everything, and lauded almost universally for its long, cool growing season. The 2005 vintage generally produced wines that were lower in alcohol, higher in acidity, and arguably more nuanced and elegant than other recent vintages.

For this 2005 vintage, the rainy season continued well into June, and received a total of 64 inches of rain. This was a long, mild growing season. Bud-break, flowering, and set was on a similar schedule to previous years. Harvest was later than usual.

Winemaker's tasting notes

Seductively smooth and rich with luscious fruit, this new world Pinot begs to be enjoyed with alfresco dining and true friends.

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