York Mountain Winery has a history that dates all the way back to 1882. Over that long history they have only changed had a couple of times. The most recent was in 2001 when David & Mary Weyrich, owners of Martin & Weyrich purchased it. They have continued the tradition of producing wines in the York Mountian tradition. Today I'll look at one of their Pinot Noirs. The 2006 York Mountain Winery Pinot Noir is made from fruit sourced at their Jack Ranch Estate vineyard. These vines are located in the Edna Valley appellation. The cooler climate there is noted for being a prime spot to grow Pinot Noir. This offering spent 12 months in French oak; 33% of the barrels were new. 212 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $25.
The nose of this Pinot Noir has wild strawberry and touches of cream. Black Cherry, raspberry and generally dark fruit notes dominate the palate. Toasty oak notes emerge in the finish along with sour cherry, vanilla and a touch of earth. This Pinot Noir has excellent acidity and firm tannins. While this wine will pair beautifully with a wide array of foods, I matched it up with Mushroom Risotto and found it to be a terrific pairing.
Pinot Noir from California can be a mixed bag. Too many examples taste like anything but Pinot. Thankfully this one offers plenty of true Pinot Noir character. Considering the earth of well priced, quality Pinot Noir out there, this selection is a good value in its category.