Front label for Samuel Louis Smith 2022 Montanita de Oro Pinot Noir

Montañita de Oro


Montañita de Oro highlights the best of Monterey County’s mountain pinot sites. At an average elevation of 1100 ft in the 2022 vintage, high-toned aromatics are framed by earthy fruit and elegant mountain structure.

Double L Vineyard (36%) was planted in ‘97 and to this day is the only certified organic vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Located at 450 ft in the cool, northern section of the appellation, the vines are planted in sandy and clay granitic loam, blasted by afternoon wind and sun.  

Pelio Vineyard (34%) is located just west of Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley, in what is now known as the Carmel Coast AVA. At 1000 ft and seven miles from Monterey Bay, this site is truly on the edge of viticulture. Clay loam is littered with diatomaceous shale, evidence that this area was under the sea until about 12 million years ago. Planted in 2003 and organically farmed.

Rodnick Vineyard (30%) was first planted in ‘86, in the Chalone appellation of the Gabilan Mountains at 1750 ft. Decomposed granite and limestone soils in this high desert climate create a compelling terroir for growing earthy, structure-driven wines. Organically farmed. 

Medium red. Wild cherry, savory herbs, rose petal, and blood orange are followed by high toned yet dusty red fruit and earth tones. Medium body, medium acid, with elegant chalky tannins. 

Alcohol 13.3%
pH 3.78
53% whole cluster fermentation
Native fermentation started by a pied de cuve from the vineyard 
10 months élévage in 22% new, 11% second-fill, and 67% neutral French oak barrels
Nine barrels • 216 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

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