Marimar Estate – Don Miguel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Marimar Estate is a Torres family venture that’s run my namesake, Marimar Torres in the gilded wine lands of California. Started in 1986, she’s built a solid winery business in the Sonoma Valley with wines based primarily upon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Don Miguel vineyard (named after her father) is planted with both of these varieties which is ironic given that where the Torres family is from in Penedès, is not an ideal climate for either. It’s important to note that the Pinot Noir is apparently Burgundy clones for those who might want to know such things.

I had picked up this bottle at the winery in Spain as I was curious what they were doing in California. 2012 was a far cry from 2011 when rain posed an issue and given this I found the fruit to be very ripe. Despite its European roots–well, technically those are American so let’s say, “heritage”–it’s very much a New World style of Pinot Noir. Pleasing and well-appointed with a price at $44 in the US that makes for a good purchase.

Don Miguel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Light ruby color with a garnet crest. Fresh red cherries, young plum, juicy, ripe, light, dusty chalk notes, touch of licorice and sage. Shift to darker cherries on the palate, dense and thick, licorice comes out more, bit ropey and heavy, alcohol is felt in the medium length finish.

100% Pinot Noir 14% 42€