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Waxwing Wines 2016 Pinot Noir

Waxwing Wines

2016 Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA


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Tasting Notes:

This is the second vintage of the Waxwing Santa Cruz Pinot Noir to grace our site! If you missed the 2014, this is your chance at Winemaker Scott Sisemore’s latest vintage. The 2016 is a tiny two-barrel selection of the most deeply textured, rich barrels of Lester Pinot from the Waxwing cellar. Grapes for this wine come from prime real estate – the sustainably grown Lester Family Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains – where no herbicides are ever used.

A translucent pale ruby with glints of blood orange, this Pinot Noir showcases a depth of complexity at first swirl, with tart cherry and candied cranberry intermingling with a fresh, wet slate minerality and hints of vanilla and nutmeg spice. Integrated red fruits and very soft, smoky oak follow through on the mouthwatering, lingering finish.

Tasting notes by Carrie Schuster, Chief Marketing Angel
  • Grapes
    100% Pinot Noir (Single Clone 115)
  • Region
    49 cases
  • Production
    Lester Family Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, CA
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Will cellar well through the next 10+ years

Scott Sisemore

About the Winemaker:
About the Vineyard:
Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • 15 months in once used French oak
  • The 2016 is a two-barrel selection of the richest, most deeply textured barrels of Lester Pinot from the Waxwing cellar
92pts, Prince of Pinot
90pts WE
Scott Sisemore shares the background around the amazing vineyard from where his Pinot Noir is grown. Read his story on The Daily Flight wine blog.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Duck, squab, veal and pork make great go-to choices for Pinot Noir, as does a classic, crisp-skinned roasted chicken. Complement the Waxwing Lester Vineyard Pinot Noir’s savory side with dishes including mushrooms and root vegetables. The wine’s rich cherry flavors will pair well with dishes that incorporate dried fruit (as a complementary pairing) or fresh herbs (as a contrasting pairing).
About the Winery
Waxwing Wines Winemaker and Proprietor of Waxwing Wines, Scott Sisemore, uses traditional methods to craft limited-production wines using the varietals he knows and loves, particularly Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Riesling from cooler vineyards near the California coast – Sonoma Coast, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia Highlands. Learn more