Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Integrato Santa Cruz Mountains 2017  - Last Bottle

Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir Integrato Santa Cruz Mountains 2017

Serious pinot-philes only need attend today’s mind-expanding offering (at over 50% OFF, natch), that’s right --  if you’re looking for some kind of spoofilated, Willie Wonka blend of liquified fruit rollups and Milky Way bars crumbled over toffee ice cream and sprinkled with strawberry Skittles…best go over to one of our many competitors. THIS. AIN’T. IT!!! We’ll still be here, never giving up on finding killer wine for you. 92 POINTS to boot!

Proprietor and winemaker John Benedetti is producing noteworthy wines for his Sante Arcangeli that seem to get better each year. The style is quite giving and gourmand...Serious and meticulous, Benedetti is establishing himself as one of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz Mountains.” -- Wine Advocate

Seriously, though -- this tiny Santa Cruz producer is the bomb-diggity, making beautifully fine, finessed and complex pinot that had all of us at the tasting bar sort of like “what the heck is this and why do I not know about it??!” But hey, we made up for lost time and placed a big order and set up a wicked-nice price. 92 Points! Did we mention that?

Sweet maraschino cherries, ripe black cherry, candied orange peel and rose petal, with beautiful, tangy, savory acidity to offset all the juicy fruits and toasted clove and spices. Lovely, long and silky, fresh and pure. Fantastic. Really limited, though -- Sante Arcangeli does not make a lot of wine! While it lasts...

Vivid red fruit aromas with hints of rose petal and cedar bark come first. With air, some subtle cola notes develop to round things a bit. The palate combines early-season Bing cherry with a dusty minerality and plenty of skin and wood tannin. Drinks well now, but tannins will soften and integrate further with time. Drink now through 2027 with confidence.

Technical Details

Country: United States
Region: California
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: 22% McConnell Vineyard (Skyline), 19% Dalardi (Soquel Hills), 18% Split Rail (Corralitos), 15% Saveria (Corralitos), 14% Herr (Summit), 10% Lester (Corralitos) and 2% Hand in Hand (Corralitos).
Winemaker: John Benedetti
Aging/Cooperage: Aged 10 months on the lees in French oak, 22% new/Toneleria Nacional, Cavin, Leroi, Rousseau, Ermitage, Seguin Moreau.
Harvest Date: 8/30-9/22/17
Alcohol: 13.8%
PH: 3.60
TA: 6.3g/100mLs

About The Producer

Sante Arcangeli Family Wines are carefully handcrafted Burgundian varietals that have been gently nurtured from rare mountain-grown fruit to a new life as elegant and expressive California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The process is actually very simple: pick a great vineyard and stay out of its way. That’s why I don’t call myself a winemaker, but, sort of tongue-in-cheek, a “Fermentation Facilitator”. It’s my job to provide stellar grapes with an optimum environment in which to shine, and nothing more. This is not to say that I am strictly a “no intervention” winemaker.  Quite the contrary.  Winemaking, to me, is understanding a vineyard or appellation, and making key, but subtle, adjustments that help to accent the best qualities of that particular fruit so the vineyard can shine through the wine. - John Benedetti

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