2016 Piro Points West Pinot Noir


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Marc Piro knew he wanted to be a winemaker when he was 9 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, and, inspired, he announced, “Mom, I want a vineyard.” Her response was harsh, “Well, then, get a good job.” Marc spent years traveling the world and making wine under the supervision of talented winemakers in Argentina, New Zealand, Western Australia, and California. He now works with the Au Bon Climat and Qupé wineries in Santa Maria, with Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, two of the legendary names of Santa Barbara County. From Jim and Bob, and from each international experience, Marc has picked up different methods, tricks, and secrets, eventually tying them together into his own unique winemaking style. In 2016, he is celebrating his 10th harvest. True to his boyhood promise, Marc is fulfilling his dream by launching the Piro Wine Company, a boutique label focused on his favorite varietal, Pinot Noir. As he puts it, “I strive to make old- world-style wines from the new world: extremely delicious wines of balance, elegance, and structure.”

RegionSanta Maria, CA, USA
GrapePinot Noir
Tasting NotesThe 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.
Weight 2 lbs