Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir, 2014

Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir, 2014

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Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in the late 19th century—an era known as the Belle Epoque. This era marked many notable inventions and improvements to daily life, not the least of which was the modern bicycle or Le Bicycle Velocipede.Started in Paris in 1891 by Alexandre Darracq, Gladiator was one of the dozens of bicycle companies that saturated the market when the cycling craze boomed. Cycles Gladiator head winemaker Adam LaZarre carefully selects the vineyards from which the fruit comes for his wines. For this vintage, he selected two: The Chualar Canyon Vineyard located at the north-east edge of the Salinas Valley, and the Los Alamos Vineyard , a sprawling, hilly vineyard located just west of highway 101 a mile or two north-west of the tiny Santa Barbara town of Los Alamos. LaZarre went for a lighter, more restrained style with this vintage, and used a judicious amount of new oak (27% total, 22% French, 5% American, the rest neutral). Dark cherry aromas with hints of raspberry and graham cracker on the nose. A complex array of red fruit compote in the mouth. Plum, and cherry wrap around the tongue which gives way to pomegranate acidity well into the finish.

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