My sister came over the other afternoon with Bench Pinot Noir 2012. She had just finished signing off on a pile of preliminary paperwork for the house she is buying and wanted to relax with a glass of wine that was light and easy drinking.

Brack Mountain Wine Company was founded in 2008 by winemakers Dan Fitzgerald and John Harley. The “nest generation” California winery focuses on “producing hand-crafted, premium wines sourced from the best growers, offered at a fair price”. Along with its two estate vineyards, Brack Mountain partners with other growers to source additional grapes. Winemaker John Harley takes a hands off approach to winemaking, believing the top priority is let “the vineyard’s voice to be heard”. All of the vineyards practice sustainable farming, and native yeasts are used in fermentation. The grapes for this vintage were sourced primarily from the Sangiacomo Amaral Ranch Vineyard, with a small additional amount from Teac-Mor Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.

Light and bright with vibrant cherry and raspberry flavours on top of an earthy undercurrent. Astringent tannins and a clean finish make this fantastic with a wide variety of dishes.

100% Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Produced and Bottled by Brack Mountain wine Co., Sebastopol
13.9% Alcohol
$20 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2016

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