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Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir
HANGTIME wines demonstrate the superior quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from cool-climate regions in which the grapes enjoy a long hangtime on the vine. By focusing in the winemaking process on the concentrated flavors cool-climate grapes develop, Hangtime winemaker Tony Coltrin crafts consistently delicious wines that eloquently express their appellation of origin and unique site terroir. We named this wine after a key part of viticulture – the amount of time grapes spend hanging on the vines ripening to perfection. The longer it takes to reach that peak of ripeness within the growing season, the more concentrated the fruit character emerges, resulting in a wine with distinctive & delicious varietal expression. Winemaker Tony Coltrin keeps a close eye on the clusters hanging in the vineyard in order to decide exactly how many days on the vine they need to attain complete maturity. For our 2011 Pinot Noir, that ideal number turned out to be, on average, 140 days.

APPELLATION - Nestled against the cool Central Coast's Santa Lucia Mountains, the Arroyo Seco AVA claims one of California's longest grape-growing seasons. Chardonnay grapes can take their time ripening, and Arroyo Seco's alluvial, gravelly and sandy loam soils, coupled with cool breezes from Monterey Bay, offer optimal growing conditions for it. This results in the slow, steady development of pure fruit balanced by natural acidity. Located in the heart of California's Monterey County, the Arroyo Seco American Viticultural Area boasts one of California's longest grape-growing seasons. Literally translated as "Dry Creek," the Arroyo Seco canyon was created long ago by the Arroyo River. Its alluvial, gravelly and sandy loam soils, coupled with cool breezes from Monterey Bay, offer ideal growing conditions, ensuring that our Pinot Noir grapes enjoy extended hangtimes and develop impressively concentrated flavors.

FORCE CANYON VINEYARD - Featuring steep canyon walls and excellent water drainage, the Force Canyon vineyard in Arroyo Seco is an ideal location for growing high quality, concentrated Pinot Noir grapes.

WINE DETAILS - The grapes for Hangtime 2011 Arroyo Seco Force Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir were on the vine for an average of 140 days, developing intense, balanced fruit flavors. Tony Coltrin aged the wine in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new, for seven months to add roundness and a zesty spice tone. A season that ensured slow and even fruit ripening produced a rich Pinot Noir with lovely rose petal aromas combined with supple blackberry and red raspberry flavors, and hints of chocolate, followed by a long, lingering finish. This is a wine with excellent acidity and balance. The tannins are soft but firm, which allows the wine to be enjoyed with a variety of meats from grilled salmon, rosemary chicken, and baked ham, to marinated lamb chops and lighter pastas.The grapes for Hangtime 2011 Arroyo Seco Force Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir were on the vine for an average of 140 days, developing intense, balanced fruit flavors. Tony Coltrin aged the wine in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new, for seven months to add roundness and a zesty spice tone. A season that ensured slow and even fruit ripening produced a rich Pinot Noir with lovely rose petal aromas combined with supple blackberry and red raspberry flavors, and hints of chocolate, followed by a long, lingering finish. This is a wine with excellent acidity and balance. The tannins are soft but firm, which allows the wine to be enjoyed with a variety of meats from grilled salmon, rosemary chicken, and baked ham, to marinated lamb chops and lighter pastas.
 
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