2015 Carmel Road "South Crest" Panorama Vineyard Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $55)

SKU #1427818 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard South Crest offers up an expressive and youthfully fruit-driven bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberries and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and succulent with an ample core of fruit and the greatest sense of completeness of all these offerings from the Panorama Vineyard. Drink through 2025. (WK)  (4/2018)

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.


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
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!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
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!

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
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.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.