The 2016 Points West Pinot Noir is very complex aromatically, with earthy undertones and smells of strawberry preserves, blood orange, rosewood shavings, tobacco and pencil lead. On the palate this wine starts with flavors of dark cherry and black berry with a tart, but minerally back end. Medium tannins and 22 months in french oak barrels give this wine a polished and balanced mouthfeel.
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.”