2014 Seabold Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $50) SKU #1283713


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Tasting Notes

The Seabold Pinot Noir is sourced from two sites in Monterey County. The first is located in the Carmel Valley. Only six miles from the ocean and 1000 feet in elevation, the grapes from this cool, windswept vineyard with vines rooted in loamy topsoils over an ancient seabed provide the structure and backbone of the finished wine. The second location lies further inland in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Highlands. There, an old vine block provides concentrated grapes that contribute an intense fruit character, balancing out the structure. The winery provides this tasting note: "The nose leads with fresh-pressed blueberries and nori, aeration bringing heliotrope and Chinese five-spice to the fore. The palate opens to ripe black raspberries, orris root and sel gris, with a straight-from-the-oven black cherry shortbread finish."

Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautifully delineated bottle that exhibits all the ripe but focused qualities of Monterey Pinot, this one manages to show velvety black raspberry and blueberry, warm spices, chamomile, and buttery pie crust. The flavors here, while rich, are not over-the-top, nor are they uncharacteristic of Pinot. Fresh acidity and minerals cut the richness beautifully, finishing this wine with grace and elegance. Pair with a slightly nicer-than-average cedar-plank salmon or duck breast.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm rather impressed with this debut from Seabold Cellars and judging by the repeat purchases by our customers, they are too. This is quintessential dynamic California Pinot that has an abundance of Monterey fruit and spectacular vigor, elegance and structure. This has all the elements that make it an age-worthy wine: fruit, tannins, acidity and alcohol. So is this drinking nicely now? You’d better believe it! But this is small production wine, with less than 400 cases made so get one for tonight and one for your cellar before it's all gone.


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