WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    San Luis Obispo County, California
  • ALCOHOL
    13.30%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Are you drinking Burgundy? You might think so when you taste this! Last Light makes wines from extreme, nook-and-cranny coastal vineyards scattered around the Central Coast here in California. They are TINY -- 200-400 cases a year! The new release of the awesome Derbyshire will bring your palate to France, we think -- cool blue and red fruits, pomegranate, black tea, a whiff of salinity even, and a fine, light texture. Delicious, with great freshness and focus. Did you see our price?

Heard of Hearst Castle? Overlooking the sea, set against windswept vistas, zebra-trodden hillsides (there is a fascinating story about the exotic animals Hearst raised) and adjacent to the Hearst Ranch, Derbyshire Vineyard is both a marvel of modern viticulture and a throwback to the days of farming at the whim of Mother Nature. Of his decision to engage in “extreme farming” in the closest commercial vineyard to the Pacific Ocean, owner Ray Derby says, “I’m either a pioneer or a fool.”

We have about 19 cases (we bought the other one) of this to sell at this “extreme” price. While it lasts!

TASTING NOTES 

Garnet hue and with huge aromas of pomegranate, savory dried herbs, Darjeeling tea, and tomato water. Layers of spiciness and earth. The palate is soft and round, with silky tannins and cool climate acid. Tart cherry, blood orange, and blistered red bell pepper unfold. Subtle salinity carries the finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

"We started Last Light with the desire to craft archetype Pinot Noir wines that are expressive of cool climate sites from around the Central Coast. There are so many unique nooks and crannies of topography scattered in our backyard, and it’s these micro-climates that we seek out. Our name is inspired by the extreme vineyards that live so coastal that they grab the ‘last light’ before the sun sinks into the Pacific. It is these type of locations that Pinot Noir truly expresses itself, and these sites that drive our label. Truly a micro-producer, we craft around 250 – 400 cases annually."