The 2016 Runway Vineyard Pinot Noir has something for everyone. Aromas of dark fruit and concentrated violet, ripe strawberry with baking spices, almost like a strawberry pie drizzled with a cassis compote. Flavors of dark plum and berries, this wine is exceptionally well balanced, with velvety tannins, yet still maintains a bit of grip.
Marc Piro knew he wanted to be a winemaker when he was nine years old. He sat in the crowded backseat of his family’s beige Mercedes diesel station wagon as they drove through the vineyards of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Inspired, he announced, “Mom, I want a vineyard.” Her response was curt: “Well, then, get a good job.”
Marc grew up in Marin County and visited Santa Barbara for the first time when he was fifteen. From that moment on he knew he wanted to end up there. Marc spent years traveling the world making wine under the supervision of talented winemakers in Argentina, New Zealand, Western Australia, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara. Margaret River, Australia was Marc’s favorite place… “That’s tough, every place was pretty awesome. But if I had to choose I would probably say my harvest down in Australia. I lived with a buddy of mine, close to the beach. We made wine and surfed.”