Silky and balanced, Ẽquoia Pinot Noir opens with aromas of black cherry and plum that lead into notes of Bing cherry and raspberry. On the palate, bright red fruit notes are underpinned by earthy forest floor, followed by hints of vanilla and toasty oak spice for a long smooth finish. Pair with salmon, roast chicken, stuffed mushrooms, duck, or pork.
Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is carefully sorted and destemmed. Then it is crushed and fermented in stainless steel fermenters. Gentle punch downs of the cap—grape solids that rise to the surface—are performed multiple times per day during the peak of fermentation to extract color and flavor. Once dry, the must is pressed into stainless steel tanks for settling, then racked to a combination of aging on new and neutral French oak.
Ẽquoia wines are crafted from our sustainably farmed estate vineyards located in Monterey County, California. This magical place is hailed as one of the best places on earth to grow wine grapes. It is just the right distance from the Pacific Ocean to balance warm, sun-drenched days for ripeness and complexity, with the cooling effects of wind, fog, and cold nights for bright, fresh acidity. Complex geology, soils, and climates create the most interesting wines. Monterey County possesses the most diverse wine-growing climate in all of California, with four of the five heat summation regions. This elegant Pinot Noir comes from our estate vineyards in Region I, the cool northern reaches of Monterey County.
Al Scheid first saw untapped potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape-growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries today has evolved into a grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines.
With 12 estate vineyards comprised of 4,000 acres located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley, the array of microclimates and soils give us an incredible selection to work with each vintage. While our wealth of vineyard resources is exceptional, it is our employees that are at the heart of everything we do. Much of our workforce has been with us for over 25 years, with several of our vineyard managers employed for over 40 years.
The Scheid family – Al, Scott, Heidi, and long-time COO Kurt Gollnick – along with our dream team of employees, are passionate about crafting the best wine possible and honoring our commitment to being good stewards of the land and supporters of our local community. We are proud to produce authentic products that sit on your dinner table and invite conversation, connection, and warmth.
(Posting under a new username because I’m not able to login or get a new PW.) I was a lucky recipient of a bottle of the lovely Equoia Pinot Noir. Pinot is one of my restaurant go-tos though for home I tend to buy heavy cabernets and the like. Pretty standard garnet color, some legs. Initial scent and taste are giving blackberry and other dark fruits, vanilla, earthiness, but I would say it did not make a strong impression on night 1 (Saturday). Night 2, it is more tart, rather silky, and more interesting. My super helpful tasting note is that if you like pinots, you will like this pinot. I polished it off during the Monday Scaries and by then it had become richer and reminded me somewhat of a Syrah—I actually wished Sunday Me had saved more for Monday Me, but Past Me is not great at keeping Future Me in mind when it comes to wine. I did not get a chance to pair it, but I could see it going well with soft cheeses. Past Me bought an urban townhome with limited storage and then ceded the basement to my spouse, so Present Me has limited storage space but may need to make an exception at this price.
I received a bottle of this Pinot to lab rat. Allowed to settle for almost a week in the cellar. Popped last night and honestly couldn’t even make it through a half glass pour. Tart, overt oak and vanilla, and an odd sweetness. Day 2 was worse than the first.
Perhaps it’s because we drink Pinot often and know this is not varietally correct. Perhaps we got a bad bottle (composite cork and no heat during transit).
I wouldn’t open this for anyone I know, nor could I in good faith recommend. Better off throwing a dart in the grocery store at this price point.