GOLD MEDAL: Pinot Noir Shootout, 2011
Indigené Cellars has only recently released their first wines, but owner and winemaker Raymond Smith has been in the wine business for over 20 years as the owner/operator of a mobile bottling line, and that experience is clearly paying off as Raymond begins producing his own wine. All five of the wines that made up his first release were awarded medals in the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition, which is quite an accomplishment. We were lucky enough to try a few of the wines and were able to secure a small allocation of the 2007 Pinot Noir, from the Santa Maria Valley.
The 2007 Indigené Cellars Pinot Noir is pale garnet in color, with a complex nose of cherry, raspberry, watermelon and dark earth. The palate shows classic pinot flavors of cherry and strawberry, with a distinctive earthy, spicy finish. Good length and lush, ripe, full flavors leave a big impression on the palate. The Santa Maria Valley is slowly gaining recognition as a top growing region for Pinot Noir, and wines like this, that deftly balance power and elegance are the reason why. Don’t miss out on the chance to stock up on Pinot Noir from a great vintage and a region you are going to be hearing a lot more about in the years to come.
Indigené Cellars is a small Family owned winery nestled in the upper Carmel Valley. Producers of premium Varietals and elegant blends, we at Indigenè invite you to experience our unique translation of art, nature and tradition.
Born and Raised in Oakland California, owner and winemaker Raymond Smith worked as a Ship Joiner and grocery clerk. In the late 1980's Raymond moved to the small town atmosphere of Paso Robles where he quickly acclimated himself to the many aspects of the wine business. Shortly thereafter he helped build and eventually owned and operated a small fleet of mobile wine bottling lines.
After building many good relationships with both growers and producers he decided to further challenge himself and create small combinations of what he understood as excellent growing conditions, Innovative idea’s and abstract cellaring practices.
Learn more at www.indigenecellars.com.