The 2008 vintage seems to be very forward and giving. Open right now, it is showing a delicate balance of fruit, spice, minerality, and acidity. Strawberry essence, red cherry, lilac, and mint on the entry the mid-palate continues with a dense and syrupy texture. The finish is mineral, with a hint of toasty oak and savory spices.
2008 La Fenetre Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir
Artistic expression is the window to a person’s soul. Since Joshua Klapper began making wine in 2005, La Fenêtre – French for The Window – has been the expression of his art: winemaking. As with any great art, this wine begins with respect for tradition. That means starting with world-class vineyard sources that have the perfect combination of soil, climate, and sustainable farming practices and it extends to the minimally invasive winemaking techniques that have been used for centuries. Picked early at the perfect balance of potential alcohol, acidity, and complexity our fruit is handled gently and allowed to mature for many months in small barrels before arriving at your table.
Santa Maria Valley is an American Viticultural Area located in Northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County, California USA. This appellation is the oldest in this portion of California. Grape growing in this region dates back to the Mexican Colonial period of the 1830s. In the late 1960's commercial vineyards were planted to supply wineries around the state. Since then, vineyards in the valley have come to encompass 7,500 acres (3,000 ha).