Wine of the Week: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole clusters the way they do in Beaujolais, the Carbonic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir delights with its bright fruit and unabashed charm.

Easy drinking, this pretty Pinot is perfect with fish and fowl, salade Nicoise or a pizza. Keep an eye out too for the winery’s 2011 Alta Maria “Reserva” Pinot Noir.

Region: Central Coast

Price: About $22

Style: Lighthearted easy drinking

What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza

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