2018 Piro Presqu’ile Vineyard Pinot Noir MAGNUM
Bright and zingy on the nose, this aromatic wine is bright, earthy, and produced from sustainably-farmed fruit. Aged for 21 months in French barrels (40% new). Think of Points West as the more savory cuvée, and this one as its smoother, sleeker counterpart.
The Presqu’ile Vineyard was planted in 1997 and is rooted in sandy loam soils. It spans 8 acres of land and is dedicated to handful of grape varieties.
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Marc Piro knew that he wanted to become a winemaker from the young age of nine. As a child, he’d sit in the crowded backseat of his family’s beige Mercedes station wagon, and as they drove through the vineyards of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, he’d announce to his mom that he wanted one of his own. Her response was simple: “Well, then, get a good job.”
Marc grew up in Marin County and visited Santa Barbara for the first time when he was fifteen. Upon first visit, it was history – he knew that this is where he’d ultimately settle. True to his childhood dreams, Marc launched Piro Wine Company, a boutique label focused on his favorite grape variety, Pinot Noir. Today, Marc crafts Old World-style wines from New World fruit that are both delicious and balanced, while remaining elegant, structured, and food friendly.
Marc has spent years traveling the world making wine under the supervision of talented winemakers in Argentina, New Zealand, Western Australia, and California. Margaret River, Australia was Marc’s favorite place… “That’s tough, every place was pretty awesome. But if I had to choose I would probably say my harvest down in Australia. I lived with a buddy of mine, close to the beach. We made wine and surfed.”
He now works with Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist of Au Bon Climat and Qupé wineries in Santa Maria. Jim and Bob are two legendary winemakers in the valley and they continue to help Marc perfect his craft and develop his own unique style of winemaking. Marc will celebrate his 16th harvest this coming fall.
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