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2010 Flying Goat Pinot Noir

2010 Flying Goat Pinot Noir Salisbury Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County


 
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Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and awarded 91 points by the Wine Enthusiast and 90 points in the Pinot Report.

“A vibrant minerality consumes the aromas on this bottling from an extremely coastal vineyard. On the palate, strawberry and sagebrush flavors emerge, all couched in a clean, crisp and refreshing acidity with appropriate bitterness as well,” writes the WE about this fully mature, food-friendly Pinot Noir.

A grand total of 198 cases of this single-vineyard Pinot got made in the great vintage of 2010. With such a miniscule production, most of this deep, complex red got snapped up by fans of the Flying Goat label and of winemaker Norm Yost, a local favorite. Our Tasting Panel says to drink this balanced, subtle Pinot with delicately seasoned salmon or tuna steaks, or a summery cheese plate served with stone fruit.


Reasons why we love it:

The Central Coast’s Salisbury Vineyard is just a hop, skip and jump away from Avila Beach and is just two miles away from the Pacific Coast. All morning long this site is covered in a dense layer of maritime fog. It lifts midday only to float back in in the evening. What this means is a constantly fluctuating temperature during the height of summer with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s—just the ticket for outstanding Pinot Noir.

Winemaker Norm Yost is something of a legend in these parts, and is known as much for his tremendously yummy wines as his down-to- earth, supremely unpretentious attitude. Yost was named in “Who’s Who In Agriculture and Viticulture, October 14-20, 2011.

Marked as a cooler than average year, the 2010s were a very strong showing in this part of California’s Central Coast. Wine Spectator gave the region 92 points for the vintage, and the wines are just coming into their peak now.

Salisbury Vineyard continues to mature and offer new expressions. This is not a typical Salisbury wine as it does not show any spice. It is medium garnet in color, reminiscent of a deep sunset sky on fire. There isvoluptuous fruit forward blackberry on the nose and black plums on the palate. Full bodied, ripe fruit offers lingering taste with smokiness and nice body on the mid-palate.

In many ways, Flying Goat Cellars is a study in contrasts. A humorous name and a serious lineup of wines. A startup “garagista” mode and 25 years of winemaking experience. A caricature of a leaping goat on a heavy and premium wine bottle. A mission of merriment and a dedicated commitment to professionalism. The result is exactly what owner/winemaker Norman Yost set out to do when he established Flying Goat Cellars in 1999.

Grapes were first crushed for the yet unnamed winery in 2000, and with a year of barrel aging planned, there was plenty of time to arrive at a name. Norm wanted the winery to reflect a sense of fun in conjunction with making and selling a premium wine. “The way that our industry talks about wine is intimidating to many people” he states. “I think that people should simply enjoy the deliciousness that a wine can bring to the table and just have a good time”. With this mission of merriment in mind, pondering a name for the winery, and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, he decided to take the path of many vintners and name the winery after his “kids”. The kids, in this case were two pygmy goat pets, who had always inspired him with “their unrestrained spiral loops, flipper turns and straight- legged leaps”. The winery was launched with this same spirit of enthusiasm, and Flying Goat Cellars was born. 

Flying Goat Cellars focus on producing premium Pinot Noir, handcrafted in small quantities that reflect the unique variations of the individual vineyard. As a result, production is extremely limited.

Our Tasting Panel says to drink this balanced, subtle Pinot with delicately seasoned salmon or tuna steaks, or a summery cheese plate served with stone fruit.

Wine Ratings

91 Points- Wine Enthusiast 

Gold Medal- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"A vibrant minerality consumes the aromas on this bottling from an extremely coastal vineyard. On the palate, strawberry and sagebrush flavors emerge, all couched in a clean, crisp and refreshing acidity with appropriate bitterness as well. Ready to drink now."- Wine Enthusiast 

One of our favorite Central Coast wineries is Flying Goat Cellars down in sunny Lompoc California. The 2010 Salisbury Pinot is smooth and silky with fantastic balance between fruit and acidity.  Red cherry, warm spices and a gentle influence of bramble on the nose.  The palate is a fresh blend of strawberry and tart cherry with a subtle influence of vanilla and oak.  A very well made wine, and we can’t wait to offer more from this company.  Drink now through 2020. - DZ May 2016

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