2015 Carmel Road "South Crest" Panorama Vineyard Monterey Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $55) SKU #1427818

Price: $19.99

RP 93
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K&L Notes

Once considered too cool for vineyards, Monterey has become the "hot" spot for sleek Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here Carmel Road Winery crafts vibrant wines that captures the essence of this remarkable region. They've been producing some of the region's most exciting wines since 1999. Not only are the wines racy and charming, Carmel Road Winery is dedicated to the well-being of the area, being both SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and SSCW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certified. The Panorama Vineyard, in Arroyo Seco is comprised of high density planting. This vine spacing practice mirrors some of the top producers in Burgundy. Close spacing forces vines to compete for water and nutrients, resulting in wines with heightened aromatics, greater concentration and more complexity.

Staff Reviews

  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Plenty of bright, cherry fruit along with dried herbs and clove on the nose. The palate shows mixed red and black fruit; a sort of mixed blend of strawberries, black cherry and cranberry along with the most interesting component of this wine: a touch of orange zest. This immediately calls to mind top class wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands that almost always have this characteristic. This wine is all warm yummy goodness. The fruit is rich, the tannin is soft, and the fruit is forward. Super Tasty.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Rocking value here. A wine that is drinking beautifully. Still holding its bold, up-front fruit (cherry, raspberry compote, subtle licorice) but also some more complex flavors starting to take shape (dried herbs, rubbing spices, brambly notes). From an interesting vineyard in Arroyo Seco, a region I think is often over looked and puts out some stellar quality wines. Nice work, Kaj on securing a crazy good price on this one!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Monterey is not a region that gets a lot of attention but there are some pretty exceptional bottlings coming from there. The wind swept vineyards of Carmel Road is one such winery and their gorgeous Pinot fires on all cylinders. This is a cool climate style that is in no-way short on fruit but still loaded with complexity. There is so much to love here with its saturated cherry and strawberry nose, dusty spices and refreshing acidity. Perfect for sipping on its own or even better with a little everyday fare. For this deeply discounted price and the quality of the juice, you'll be back for cases.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the best Pinot Noir deal I’ve been offered this year. Thanks to our special relationship with the winery, we’re able to offer this site-specific single-vineyard wine at over 60% off the regular price of $55. More importantly, the wine is spot-on delicious. This is textbook cool climate central coast Pinot Noir that’s made in a style that will please both the casual Pinot Noir drinker as well as the seasoned enthusiast/collector. While there’s plenty of color, texture, and intensity the wine is light on its feet. There’s an amazing interplay between fruit, palate-feel, and the overall energy and lift from the cool climate acidity. This is another K&L exclusive!
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    I have to give it to our wonderful buyers at K&L. Here we are, yet again, with another stunning single vineyard pinot noir with decent age, and under 20 dollars? This pinot noir is such a fantastic value! There's a nice toasty oaky quality, followed by well balanced acidity, and flavors of dried herbs, black cherry and raspberry. I know I gotta stock up on a case or two, before Thanksgiving hits. I don't drink enough pinot from Monterey, and this bottle has shown me that I must try more. Especially if they are at such a value as this one.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is dark, sweetish fruit that belies its’ actual complexity as I eventually tasted it. The wine’s acidity stands out in a way that really adds definition on the palate, this isn’t a bowl of melted Jello it has complexity, dare I say almost stemmy, not enough to say yes but it’s stemmy enough to give a wisp of complexity for those who are looking. I was surprised at the length of the finish, focused with real persistence and refreshing balance. I think this is a wine that folks who are looking for that sub $20 Pinot can gulp with pleasure yet there’s enough intrigue and subtle complexity that most cork-dorks will be amused.


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