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PBTB is a 2014 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. The juice is stainless steel fermented then barrel aged in 25% new French Oak for eight months. On the nose, aromas of dried fruits, slate, subtle rosemary, coriander and roses lead to flavors of plum and black cherry cola. Tones of toasted oak and leather delicately dance on the palate. The wine has great acidic balance, a medium body and is ready to drink now. It should drink well for the next two to three years. PBTB is a wonderful pairing with pork, lamb, grilled meats, duck or pheasant.
THE PINOT NOIR VARIETAL
Pinot Noir is a noble grape variety or an international variety. Pinots are considered the best wines in the world, famous for its Red Burgundies, the Pinot Noirs of the Burgundy region of France. Today it’s widely planted in most of the major wine producing regions. It’s grown in small clusters and is known for being difficult to grow or ripen. They’re considered one of the lightest red grape varieties, as they are pale in color, translucent, aromatic with subtle flavor and lower in alcohol, body and tannin. Typical of cool climate grapes, they are high in acidity. Along with the Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier varietals, Pinot Noir is used in the production of Champagne from Champagne, France.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Santa Barbara wine country lies between two mountain ranges. It’s known for its unique geography as it has the longest transverse valley found on the western Pacific coast from Alaska to South America. The “sideways” geography or east-to-west transverse inspired the movie of the same name. This creates a plethora of microclimates and soil types perfect for world-class cool climate wines (like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). The region is famous for being one the coolest climates in California due to cool winds that funnel breezes and fog from the Pacific Ocean east through the valley. Average temperatures rise to 70-80 F and then drop to 50 F at night. This diurnal range is what extends the growing season and allows grapes to fully ripen without excessive sugar. Lower sugar results in lower alcohol and more elegant and unique wines.