The Paring Pinot Noir 2011
Displays the cool, long growing season to perfection. Essence of candied cherries and cigar tobacco. A perfumed nose of exotic spices and black tea. Heady and vivid notes of rose petals, leaf litter, fresh, clean earth, and black pepper. Its balance between a distinct vinous note and the deep vein of fruit is so inviting. Ripe fruit on the palate, but also very light and vibrant.
100% Pinot Noir. Armed with a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and Vintages at Staglin, in Napa, California and Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Matt Dees has an intrinsic feel for wine, from dirt to glass. Curious and experimental by nature, Matt's approach to winemaking is grounded in the vineyard first and foremost: attuned to the vines, the weather, the soil, Matt seems almost to be a part of the vineyard itself. Made from vineyard blocks that are either too young or don't fit into the vintage style of the highly acclaimed Jonata Wines—The Paring is essentially a "chip off the old block." The Paring bottlings explore different styles and vineyards—from the dual stylistic expressions of Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay to the meticulously farmed Pinot Noir from a selection of distinctive Santa Barbara sites. When he's not working with The Paring, Matt can be found making the wines for its big-sister winery—Jonata.