Wine Tasting Notes

Pietra Santa Wines

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine has concentrated flavors of deep cherry, blackberry and currant with layers of chocolate and coffee.  The wine is rich with a velvety texture and good structure for aging.

2011 Zinfandel

Our Zinfandel tastes of ripe cherries and blueberries with complements of toasty oak and hints of sage and pepper on the finish.  Made from estate vines including a treasured, head-pruned block planted in 1905.

2012 Sangiovese
Our Sangiovese has extracted flavors of Bing cherry and cranberries with undertones of anise. The depth and complexity of this wine has made it an annual best seller and the ultimate companion to great Italian cuisine.

2012 Merlot

Our Merlot comes from low-yielding vines that produce rich, concentrated wines with intense flavor and balance.  The wine tastes of plum and cherry with hints of cassis and cedar.  The structure of this wine allows it to stand up to hearty dishes.

2013 Pinot Gris

This wine is stainless steel fermented and tank aged to maintain the bright, refreshing fruit flavors.  This well balanced Pinot Gris tastes of mangos and peaches with hints of citrus. This wine has nice acidity and is ideal as an aperitif or with lighter cuisine.

2014 Pinot Noir

Our Estate Pinot Noir is an ideal reflection of our terroir, and benefits from our cool, maritime climate and limestone soils.  This wine has a beautiful bouquet of lavender and fruit flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries with interesting mineral notes.  The wine finishes with a hint of white pepper and an earthiness that is synonymous with the Cienega Valley.

2012 Sassolino

Our Estate Sassolino is a robust, red blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with bold fruit flavors of black cherry and plums with hints of chocolate and smoky oak. The wine is balanced and has soft, round tannins and nice acidity, so it is a perfect match with roasted meats or Italian fare.

2015 Chardonnay, “Unoaked”

This wine is crisp and fresh with flavors of white peaches, hints of citrus and a subtle floral bouquet. Our Chardonnay is stainless-steel fermented and made in an “unoaked style” to showcase the vibrant fruit making it a wonderful aperitif and an ideal pairing partner for lighter dishes.

Route 152 Pinot Noir 2014

With vibrant flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries, this Pinot Noir has forward fruit with nice acidity and a subtle earthiness on the finish. An exceptional value, this well-balanced wine is great on it’s own or a perfect match for casual cuisine.

Signature Collection

Signature Collection 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of subtle plums and pomegranates and tastes of ripe black cherries and blueberries with hints of chocolate. This exceptionally balanced wine has structured tannins making it ideal for aging.

Signature Collection 2014 “Amore” Pinot Gris

Crisp and refreshing with flavors of honeydew melons, peaches and hints of citrus, this beautiful wine showcases our love for the Pinot Gris grape. A perfect accompaniment for seafood and lighter fare or delicious on its own.

Signature Collection 2013 Pinot Noir

Our Signature Collection Pinot Noir is made from fruit grown in the upper valley of our estate. The grapes receive early morning fog and cooling maritime breezes that develop rich fruit flavors and layers of complexity. This wine has a subtle bouquet of lavender and bold flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries with mineral notes and an elegant finish.

Signature Collection 2015 Chardonnay

Our Signature Collection Chardonnay is made from estate fruit grown in our steep hillside vineyards. The grapes receive early morning sun and afternoon shade allowing for a long hang-time. The finished wine is crisp yet concentrated with flavors of grapefruit, lemon and hints of vanilla on the finish.