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Light / bright reds - PINOT NOIR, Peter Martin Ray, Arnot-Roberts. Santa Cruz Mountains, California

2014 PINOT NOIR, Peter Martin Ray Vineyard, Arnot-Roberts. Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Bin: 759
Alcohol Percentage: 12%
Area: Santa Cruz is jus south of San Francisco, at the northern end of the area (down to LA) referred to as Central Coast. Arnot-Roberts comment:
"The Peter Martin Ray vineyard is part of the original planting of Pinot Noir on Mt. Eden above the town of Saratoga in the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains. Dating to the late 1800’s this site is of historical significance as many of today’s modern Pinot plantings have been made with genetic material that originated on this hill. The vineyard is 3 acres of old stake trained vines that are dry-farmed at 1,600’ in Franciscan Shale soils. The vineyard is still owned and farmed by Peter Martin Ray the son of legendary California vintner Martin 'Rusty' Ray. The site is exposed and the soils here are notoriously poor in nutrients which lead the the vines to struggle for survival. The resulting wine is true to its mountain grown roots and is a nod to the rich history of this site."
Producer: From the website of their UK agent, Roberson:
"Childhood friends Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot-Meyers founded their winery in 2001. Nathan grew up around wine thanks to his grandmother’s marriage to Robert Mondavi and his father’s career as a cooper (Nathan now makes all the barrels for Arnot-Roberts), while Duncan had spent years making wine at Caymus, Groth, Kongsgaard and with Pax Mahle at Wind Gap. Initially their focus was just on making great Californian wines, but when the cool 2005 vintage gave them wines in a more austere, high acid style than the region was used to, Nathan and Duncan reacted completely differently to practically everyone else in California – they loved them and decided to pursue lower ripeness levels and higher acidity in all of their wines henceforth.
Their focus shifted to the best cool climate sites they could find, most of which were struggling to sell their fruit due to the obsession with high sugar levels that was pervasive at the time. The winemaking at Arnot-Roberts is decidedly low-intervention, with spontaneous fermentations and no interventions aside from conscientious additions of SO2."
Old Bridge Rating: Very crisp, lively style - only 12% alc - the complete opposite of old-fashioned new world Pinot. Called by some 'Hipster Juice'.
Only a few bottles left.

£59.50 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount

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