Chula Viña Vineyard, Monterey County, CA; 14.3% ABV
$8 at the Oakland, CA, store on 5 Nov. Also at Richmond.
This looked like a pretty interesting Pinot Noir, but I waited until the start of the sale today to get a bottle. In the sale post, Darrell commented today, “The Cima caught my eye because it was grown in the Gabilans, an area not mentioned too often when Monterey County is mentioned. These mountains are on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley and gets the evening sun whereas the Santa Lucias get the morning sun and the shade later in the evening. The texture is on the lighter side, delicate like some Burgundies. Might be up BW’s alley.” For the first hour this wine was open, after poured into a decanter, I thought, “Up my alley?!? OMG, this thunderingly stampedes down my alley!”
The wine showed lovely, dense but also delicate, complex flavors of slightly tart to ripe or even gently dried tangy cherries, earth maybe a little rusty, dried orange peel, with good Pinot funk. The fruit was ripe, but not in a cough-syrup cherry kind of way, still nicely balanced by zingy raspberry acid. It was amazing.
However, after about an hour in the decanter, the wine simplified and acidified, showing a slight tang of getting too old. So I’d say that if you’re going to drink it soon, especially sharing it with others so it gets finished quickly, this is great stuff. However, I’d guess it will keep going downhill fairly quickly, so drink up any you get.