Peter Michael, Le Moulin Rouge, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, 2017
| ABV 14.3%
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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.
2017 was cooler and wetter than previous vintages, a welcome relief after five years of drought. However, a warmer than normal early summer followed by a cool September allowed Pinot Noir to gradually reach perfect, fruit-forward ripeness. The wine shows intense aromas of raspberry liqueur, red cherry and blackberry mixed with leather and graphite. The palate is expressive and delivers Grillottes cherry, sandalwood, raspberry, wild strawberry, forest floor, hazelnut, mussels and leather, with a background of raspberry liqueur. The texture is round, tactile and mineral driven. Already expressive, this wine will benefit from two years in the cellar and will continue to develop for at least a decade.