The Mission Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir has a reputation as being difficult to grow – but if you give it a good home (in vineyards where it’s sure to thrive) and show it serious love in the cellar, you end up with something really special – particularly in a great vintage like 2015.

“Santa Barbara County features a combination of outstanding Pinot areas,” notes the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné – and The Mission shows the quality these top sites can produce. It’s crafted by the renowned Miller family (owners of the famed Bien Nacido vineyard) with Pinot from their White Hills Vineyard. Here, cool temperatures, morning fog and Pacific Ocean breezes allow grapes a longer hang time on the vine – aka time to develop intensely concentrated flavors.

In the glass, look for pure-fruited aromas of wild berries, briar fruit, violets and a touch of cinnamon from four months in oak barrels. On the palate, you’ll find velvety tannins and persistent flavors of strawberry, blackberry, all-spice and mocha. Smooth enough to enjoy on its own, The Mission will also pair wonderfully with meaty fish (a classic match is wild Alaskan sockeye salmon), roasted poultry (like Asian-style crispy duck) and much more.

Country

United States

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Region

California

Alcohol

13.9%

Volume

750ML

Vintage

2015