Santa Maria Valley, California
Presqu'ile is a small family-run winery in Santa Barbara County, California's Santa Maria Valley, an area increasingly recognized for the quality of its wines. The valley runs at a right angle to the ocean, which funnels cooling maritime breezes inland. Consistent sunshine and an annual average temperature of 64 degrees fosters a long growing season. The hilly terrain at Presqu'ile's 200-acre estate has sandy loam soils, which hold very little water, encouraging the roots to dig deep, and vines to yield small berries in tight clusters. After pinot noir clone 777 grapes are pressed, skins and juice are allowed brief contact, and fermentation occurs with native yeasts, followed by six months in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of cranberry, raspberry, other red berries and citrus zest. On the palate, taste watermelon, strawberry, blood orange, a hint of spice, subtle tannins, nuanced minerality and bright acidity. Drink it as an aperitif or with salads, sushi, chilled soups, barbecue, fried chicken, red beans and sausage, smoked and cured meats and cheeses. Buy it at: Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits and Spirit Wine.