Aquinas Pinot Noir comes alive with a swirl, opening with caramel, vanilla and graham cracker aromas. Muddled mint rises up along with subtle notes of dried cherries. On the palate, flavors of light and juicy Santa Rosa plum and fresh homemade strawberry jam delight. A smooth and desirable glass of wine, with a soft finish.
Napa is recognized as one of the top wine regions in the United States and it’s not surprising. It’s unique for the diversity of 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 5 miles at its widest point near the town of Napa. Its maritime climate of warm days and cool nights coupled with deep, yet not excessively fertile soils make it ideally suited for the cultivation of ultra-premium grapes. The first grapes were planted here in 1838 and today Napa accounts for 4% of California’s total wine production focusing primarily on the top end of the wine market.
Sonoma County borders Napa Valley along the Mayacamas Range in the east and Mendocino in the north. The region offers diverse environments including valley, hillside, moist ocean coast, dry inland, cool southern regions and warmer northern areas. A vastly diverse range of topography, distinct microclimates and small valleys, along with cooling maritime influence and moderate climate are part of why Sonoma County is said to embody a perfectly balanced environment for grape growing.