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A value wine producer from California. The multiple regional fruit sources led to the name, Montage Cellars, which comes from the idea of a layering of different flavors. A Pinot Noir was released from La Cruz Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast (Dede's Delight) in 2007 ($24.95), and from Flocchini Vineyard ($24.95) in the Sonoma Coast and Etzel Vineyard ($24.95) in the Willamette Valley in 2008.
The winery is not open for tours or tastings. The wines are available through an online store and Wine Club members save 20% on all wine purchases done online. There is some retail distribution as well.
2008 Montage Vineyards Flocchini Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.82, <180 cases, $24.95. Pommard clone, Swan selection, La Tache suitcase selection. Vineyard is located in the Petaluma Gap area. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, hand punch downs, aged on the lees for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Initially the aromas of intense strawberry, black cherry and roasted plum are striking but fade some over time in the glass. Very ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors that are fat and opulent with underpinnings of wood spice, root beer and brown spice. Very plush and velvety on the palate. Plenty of Pinot for the price. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 Montage Vineyards The Etzel Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.81, <120 cases, $24.95. Clones 115 and 667 from the Upper Terrace of the Beaux Frères Estate. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, reductive winemaking, aged on the lees for 18 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Very shy nose hinting at strawberries, cherries, herbs and loamy earth, coming to life slowly in the glass. Delicate flavors of red berries and cherries with a touch of oak in the background. Simple, yet pleasant, this wine will appeal to lovers of feminine-styled Pinot Noir. Good. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »