Jul 3 2011
The best wine you’ve never heard of …. 2008 Toretti’s Family Vineyard Pinot Noir @lot18 – $10 Credit + Invite

The best wine you’ve never heard of

Apparently this wine is supposed to be very good. I’ve had other Santa Maria Valley Pinots and they are very good.
This is surely worth a try, for the price.
You have a few days to buy this one.

Toretti’s Family Vineyard Website

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From the Lot18 Site:
2008 Toretti’s Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
This Local Gem of a Pinot Will Carry You to the Santa Maria Countryside

Lot18 Review
A true local gem, wines like the 2008 Toretti’s Family Vineyard Pinot Noir make me especially excited to be a part of Lot18. Were it not for Lot18, this tiny production of hand-crafted wine, so full of regional character and history, might be entirely unheard of and unattainable outside of a 30-mile radius around Santa Maria Valley.

Bob Torres’ family has been in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley for over 100 years. A local legend since opening his first Pappy’s restaurant in 1957, Bob is an old-school Santa Maria guy, with the cowboy hat and boots to prove it. The man loves this land.

In 2000, Bob decided to plant five acres of premium Pinot Noir vines outside his Santa Maria ranch house. The quality of the fruit was so instantly recognizable that Caymus’ Chuck Wagner snatched up all he could get for his highly touted Belle Glos project.

Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Bob decided to save some of the best fruit and bottle it himself under his family label. Paul Wilkins, previously the assistant winemaker under John Alban at the famed Alban Vineyards, was brought on as winemaker.

With top-notch fruit from his estate vineyard and world-class winemaking on his side, it should be no surprise Bob has ended up with a terrific set of wines. We are proud to put them in the spotlight.

Tasting Note
This is classic Santa Maria Pinot. The ripe, vibrant nose of spiced black and red cherry is accented by hints of smoke and mineral. It is powerful, yet dry and balanced. One drink transports you to the rolling ranches of Santa Maria, covered by golden, waving grasses and dotted with aged oak trees and grazing cattle. This wine is the countryside, and it is truly idyllic.

—Eric Lawrence Brown


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