2015 Carmel Road "North Crest Panorama Vineyard" Monterey Pinot Noir (Previously $55)

SKU #1443134 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Opening in the glass with notes of blackberries, blood orange and sweet soil, the 2015 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard North Crest is one of the deeper, more fruit-driven wines in the range this year, with a medium-bodied, succulent palate and a generous core of fruit. (WK)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Once considered too cool for vineyards, Monterey has become the "hot" spot for sleek Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here Carmel Road Winery crafts vibrant wines that capture the essence of this remarkable region. They've been producing some of the region's most exciting wines since 1999. Not only are the wines racy and charming, Carmel Road Winery is dedicated to the well-being of the area, being both SIP (Sustainability in Practice) and CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing) certified. The Panorama Vineyard in Arroyo Seco is comprised of high density planting. This vine spacing practice mirrors some of the top producers in Burgundy. Close spacing forces vines to compete for water and nutrients, resulting in wines with heightened aromatics, greater concentration and more complexity.

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2019 | Send Email
Here comes one more (and final?) amazing offer from our friends at Carmel Road. These offerings are the best Pinot Noir opportunities I’ve come across all year. The pedigree of these wines is without question. This offers up a lovely aroma of juicy berries with a hint of spice and a touch of forest floor. The wine is elegant on the palate but delivers loads of flavor, complexity, and a long lingering finish. At $20 per bottle, these wines are the Pinot Noir bargain of the year. This one came along just in time for the holidays as we roll into Thanksgiving and the rest of the winter months. So if you’ll be entertaining over the next couple of months, or just enjoy opening bottles of fine Pinot Noir, I strongly encourage you to load up.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2019 | Send Email
Carmel Road has once again delivered a stunning, classic Pinot from the North Crest block of the Panorama Vineyard. Fresh and juicy, this wine shows perfectly ripe raspberries, cherries with a hint of pomegranate. Complemented by uplifting floral aromas of white blossom, hibiscus, and beach grass. The wine perfectly captures the area of Monterey in a glass, and would be the talk of the table at Thanksgiving dinner. Best of all, we are able to offer this wine for an incredible value of $20, when it sells at the winery for $55.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2019 | Send Email
This is a lot of wine for not much money. The nose starts off a bit gamy and herbal, but that pastoral whiff quickly subsides as it is overcome by delectable purity of fruit. Brambly and fleshy, the texture is delightful. A mouthful of juicy cherry and ripe cranberry with just a hint of clove and allspice washes across the palate showing impressive concentration. The finish brings just enough vanilla and orange peel to compliment the other flavors without compromising their integrity. Mix that with vibrant, mouthwatering acid, and you've got a real winner. It'll be everyone's favorite with turkey dinner, so make sure to get a few extra bottles.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.