Our 2010 Aquinas Pinot Noir has a balanced bouquet of plum, blackberry and toasty vanilla, with floral notes of violet and Jasmine. Rich and full flavors of raspberry, peach skin and roasted walnuts rounded out with burnt caramel notes through the finish. This wine is medium-bodied and fruit- forward with nicely integrated acidity creating a versatile wine with depth.
Don Sebastiani, Sr. learned about St. Thomas Aquinas in his studies and travels, and was inspired by the way that he brought together two dissident ideas, using scientific method to try to prove the existence of a "higher being." In much the same way, Don knew it was possible to bring together the idea of a classic, excellent Napa Valley wine with affordability and accessibility that most Napa Valley wines lack. Wine is a pleasure that all should enjoy, and wine from the acclaimed Napa Valley should be no exception.
Napa Valley is considered one of the top wine regions in the United States and it's not surprising. It's unique for the diversity of its soils found in such a small geographical area. Bordered by two mountain ranges, the valley stretches approximately 30 miles north to south, one mile east to west at its narrow northern end and five miles at its widest point near the town of Napa. Its maritime climate—warm days and cool nights—coupled with deep yet not excessively fertile soils makes it ideally suited for the cultivation of premium grapes. The first grapes were planted here in 1838, and today Napa accounts for four percent of California's total wine production, focusing primarily on the top-end of the wine market.
The 2010 vintage proved to be a challenging one for growers. A wet winter and spring continued well into June, delaying bloom and disrupting fruit set. Vineyard managers worked to ensure ripening by thinning leaves and crops to get more sun exposure, but that strategy backfired for some when a late August heat spike hit the valley desiccating the exposed fruit in some areas. The wines emerging from this vintage are characterized by their elegance—slightly higher acidity, dark colors, and generally lower alcohol levels.
Our 2010 Aquinas Pinot Noir is a superlative food pairing wine. Try it with roasted duck with plum sauce, herb flat bread with grill-roasted artichokes or savor with a plate of your favorite cheeses.