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Forefront by Pine Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Central Coast
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  Forefront by Pine Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Central Coast
Item Number:17 20 179 11
Regular Price:$24.95
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Forefront by Pine Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Central Coast
The Andrus family of Pine Ridge in the Stag's Leap District produce the Forefront wines as a way to expand their reach beyond Napa Valley. They bring the same commitment to quality and they have the contacts to source the best available fruit. This very affordable Pinot Noir is one of their finest achievements. In the cool 2011 vintage Pinot Noir grapes ripened slowly in the warm Central Coast vineyrads. 78% of the grapes are sourced from Edna Valley, a prime region for Pinot, and 22% from Monterey. The grapes are all hand-sorted so only the best fruit is selected. A short cold soak is followed by a 14 day fermentation in stainless steel, open top tanks. The wine then aged in oak for 8 months. It shows bright fruity aromas of strawberry and cherry with distinct hints of toasty oak. On the palate the wine fills out for rich a mouthfeel while layers of cherry, cola, cranberry, strawberry, clove and smoke flavors roll out into a long finish. It received a Gold Medal in the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and that's no surprise. This is a lush, classic Pinot Noir.

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Great Vintage for the Forefront PN

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  • Long Finish

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    Comments about Forefront by Pine Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Central Coast:

    Always a good value, this vintage is showing much better than the past few. The cherry and strawberry fruit is a bit more concentrated and the oak adds some enticing toasty and vanilla notes. It's a bigger wine than you may expect, and one that could be paired with lighter beef dishes as well as heartier poultry like duck.

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