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A small producer of Pinot Noir from a 2 acre vineyard planted in 2003 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Los Trancos Creek Vineyard is owned by Len Lehmann and farmed to organic standards, becoming certified organic in the 2010 vintage. Some of the fruit is sold to Woodside Vineyards and the rest is retained for the winery's own label.
The Pinot Noir is sold through the winery's online store to California residents.
2008 Portola Vineyards Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., pH 3.71, TA 0.50, 130 cases, $38. Sourced from the 2-acre Los Trancos Creek Vineyard located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard was certified organic by CCOF in 2010. Aged 14 months in 80% new French oak barrels. · Medium ruby color in the glass. Charming cherry and berry fruit on the nose with a noticeable oak contribution showing up as aromas of brioche, toast and caramel. Demure cherry and berry flavors, silky textured, and easy to drink, improving in appeal over time in the glass and offering some length on the warm finish. A bit heavyhanded on the oak which overwhelms the level of fruit intensity. Some of the oak should integrate further with more time in the bottle, but the wine will always have an oaky presence. Decent (+). Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »