Our 2011 Bandwagon pinot noir marries grapes from the two best growing regions on the West Coast, California’s Arroyo Seco and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Growing roughly 700 miles apart, the pinot noir grapes are harvested, and then aged in French oak barrels before uniting for bottling in Napa. The result is a distinctive, complex California-Oregon pinot, and one of BNA Wine Group’s best creations to date.
WINEMAKING: The Arroyo Seco and Willamette Valley are each great growing regions in their own right. Cool afternoon breezes and gravel-laden soil distinguish California’s Arroyo Seco growing area. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is known for world-class, cool-weather grapes, such as pinot noir. Winemaker Tony Leonardini was inspired to unite the two, and his curiosity led to the birth of a beautiful, layered wine that can be sipped and savored.
Tasting Notes: This is a complex pinot noir that combines the bright acidity from Oregon with a distinctly California fruit-forward style. Rich in color, yet delicate and balanced, Bandwagon Pinot Noir has raspberry
and rose petal aromas, and vanilla, green tea and cherry flavors round out the palate. Bandwagon will age well over the next few years, but can be enjoyed immediately.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Bandwagon Pinot Noir is delicious to sip by itself or enjoy with salmon, grilled pork chops or light pasta.
Pinot noir from Oregon (80%) and California (20%)