Pinot Noir
    Chalone AVA, Monterey
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It’s a shock that someone even thought to clime up to Antle Vineyard back in 1980s—let alone plant grape vines in this remote, mountainous spot. It must not have been much fun, establishing this block of Dijon clone Pinot Noir. Same goes for cultivating and harvesting the fruit from this remote site. Clearly the massive effort was well worth it, as this Antle Vineyard release from the boutique label Kara is one stellar example of gorgeous Pinot Noir.

Organically farmed Antle Vineyard is on the edge of California’s awesome Pinnacles National Park but seriously far from both civilization and water. The terroir here is pure Chalone AVA, with deep deposits of limestone and granite in the soil, which make for low yields of concentrated and complex Pinot grapes containing vivid acidity and character. The wine was aged for 10 months in neutral oak, meaning nothing to cover up this Pinot’s exotic spice and red cranberry fruit. Kara produced fewer than 15 barrels of this wine. Considering the aforementioned effort that went into those barrels, who can blame them?

·      The 2014 vintage was excellent in Monterey, scoring 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast.

·      All of Kara Wines offerings are sourced from organic and sustainably farmed single vineyards.

·      The Chalone AVA is one of California’s most remote sites. Situated in the Gabilan Mountains, east of the Central Valley town of Soledad, the appellation features a unique terroir of limestone and decomposed granite-rich soil.

·      Pinot vines planted at Chalone’s Antle Vineyard sit at 1,800 feet in elevation and enjoy a unique microclimate featuring intense shifts from daytime highs and nighttime low temperatures.


Our 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is composed of 100% estate vineyard fruit. An intriguing bouquet of black cherry, blueberry and spice draws you in. The silky palate has focused notes of black licorice, root beer and a hint of nutmeg. A wet stone minerality neatly ties up all these elements on the lingering finish.


From the winery:


​Life is a challenge and making wine is not simple or easy.

​Making Pinot Noir is very daunting. One needs the necessary elements-tools to create wine from grapes. They say winemakers are magicians but actually the vineyard is where the real magic begins.

​KARA WINES are harvested from organic sustainably farmed hand picked single vineyards.

​Drawing on the wisdom of generational families and extensive international winemaking experience KARA WINES cultivates a mission to focus particularly on all the elements of premium-quality grape varietals, aged vines, and clones that retain old-world characteristics.

​A personal relationship with the soil and vines is necessary but most importantly through the community of talented people invested in sharing their love and vision are key to making KARA WINES.


From the winery:

Pair with mushroom and Burrata bruschetta or herb crusted salmon.