2010 Alta Maria Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley
"2010 is our 6th vintage! Garnet red in appearance, this 2010 Pinot Noir’s captivating aromas are spicy with ripe cherries and strawberries. A luscious mid-palate comes through upon tasting, but lies well within the true character of this variety. Medium-bodied throughout, with balance and a great fruit presence that is a classic mark of the vintage." - Winery
"Alta Maria Vineyards is owned by winemaker Paul Wilkins, James Ontiveros and Sao Anash. Paul and James met while in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and help found Vines to Wines. While still in college, Paul landed a job with renowned winemaker John Alban and worked his way to the top of the ranks. After eight years at Alban Winery, with the last few as winemaker, Paul left to consult for other wineries. Around the same time, James planted an eight acre plot of Pinot Noir on his family's estate, Rancho Ontiveros in Santa Maria, California. Together they partnered with Sao, a former executive director of the Santa Barbara Vintner's Association to start Alta Maria Vineyards. Alta Maria means "Higher or Heavenly Mary," and is also the name given by James' ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros to the Santa Maria River. The homage to the past continues with the wine label which features hand-hewn iron nails that were used by homesteaders before the Industrial Revolution." - Distributor
This wine was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Advocate and Burghound, 87 Points by the Wine Enthusiast, and 86 Points by the Wine Spectator.