2021 Piro Points West Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

Responsibly Farmed
Hidden Gem
Classic in Style

This is our staple Pinot Noir. It’s a wonderful example of cool climate Pinot Noir from the central coast. It’s light and bright with a purity of fruit that makes it go down way too easy. Pair this with white meat, grilled fish, pizza, and so on. The balanced profile of this wine makes it extremely versatile.

Sustainable farming practices and only 150 cases produced.

Red
  • Tasting Notes strawberry preserves, cherry, blood orange, rosewood shavings, tobacco, pencil lead
  • Variety Pinot Noir
  • Region United States, California, Central Coast
  • Volume 750ml
  • Alcohol Volume 13.6%
  • Table Talk This is Margaux's (co-founder) favorite Pinot Noir. She poured it at her wedding!

$34.00

Only 2 left in stock

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 at Au Bon Climat and Qupé wineries in Santa Maria. He studied under Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist for year. Unfortunately Jim passed last year, but he was a huge influence for Marc and really helped him perfect his craft and develop his own unique style of winemaking.

Santa Maria Valley, located in Santa Barbara County, California, is renowned for its cool climate and ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir grapes. Here’s a glimpse into Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir:

Cool Climate Influence: Santa Maria Valley benefits from the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and the unique east-west orientation of its valley. This maritime influence creates a climate that is cooler and more moderate compared to other wine regions in California. The cool temperatures allow for a long growing season, which is particularly well-suited for the slow ripening of Pinot Noir grapes.

Distinctive Terroir: The soils of Santa Maria Valley are diverse, with a mix of sandy loam, clay, and shale. These well-draining soils, combined with the valley’s unique microclimates and topography, contribute to the complexity and character of Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. The wines often exhibit a balance of ripe fruit flavors, vibrant acidity, and nuanced minerality.

Flavor Profile: Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is known for its elegance, finesse, and purity of fruit. The wines typically showcase aromas of red berries, cherries, and floral notes, with hints of spice, earth, and forest floor. On the palate, they offer a combination of bright acidity, silky tannins, and a lingering finish.

Food Pairing: Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir pairs well with a variety of dishes, thanks to its versatility and balanced profile. It complements lighter fare such as roasted chicken, grilled salmon, or mushroom risotto, as well as heartier dishes like duck confit or pork tenderloin. Its bright acidity and soft tannins make it a natural match for a wide range of cuisines.