The Pinot Noir for Le Moulin Rouge comes from the Pisoni Vineyard, 200 miles south of Knights Valley on the slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. First planted in 1991, the vineyard’s granite soil and coastal climate contribute a dense yet delicate richness, adding to the wine’s complexity. The clone, originally selected from Burgundy’s Grand Cru, is showcased in a concentrated perfume and distinct varietal expression. Native yeast fermentation and ageing in French oak draw out the unique characteristics of this stunning wine.
2012 gave a near perfect growing season, giving wines that exhibit finesse and strong expression of terroir. The summer was long and warm, with no frost and little fog. With such a long, warm and mild growing season, acid levels remained low and tannins balanced and focused. Leading with intense aromas of wild strawberry, plum, violet and red cherry, the 2012 Le Moulin Rouge follows with hints of Earl Grey tea, strawberry, Grillottes cherry, graphite and a background of clove and cinnamon. Intense in the mouth, the wine blends richness and delicacy as the flavours stretch to a long earthy and fruit-filled finish.