Wine Last Sold on: September 14, 2012
Maloy O'Neill Vineyards
2010 Pinot Noir
|Region:||California: Paso Robles|
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Mission Codename: Paso's Pinot Prince
- Agent Red
- Scour the Paso Robles area to find an extraordinary Pinot Noir that packs a punch - without sacrificing elegance, quality or quaffability.
- Mission Status
- Shannon O’Neill
We are in love with this delicious Pinot Noir. If you’ve never had a Paso Robles Pinot, we really encourage you to sample this wonderful example - from our most regularly-featured Paso winemaker, Shannon O’Neill. Shannon is one of a handful of winemakers that put Paso Robles on the map as a wine producing region. His depth of experience in making wines here is unrivaled.
Today’s remarkable 2010 Maloy O’Neill Pinot Noir is a delicious, extracted, juicy delight of a wine. It expresses the unique character of the region, while maintaining an even balance. Yes, this wine packs a juicy punch, but it does not taste like punch. Instead, this is a true Pinot Noir - with a Paso Robles, Shannon O’Neill edge to it.
Pair this very food-friendly wine with a juicy steak or a hearty pasta dish.
Deep, dark and gorgeous, with ruby hues, with perfectly even concentration of color, from core to edge. Tall, skinny legs descend slowly down the glass when swirled.
Bold aromas of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry leap from the glass. These aromas sit atop cedar, baking spice, kola nut, subtle leather and a hint of chalky minerality.
Cool and light, initially. Then, as the wine passes the mid-palate it has a very soft and very round feel. Almost instantly though, the wine takes form and shows a medium to full body. As it settles in, it spreads a soft dryness all around the palate. Tannins and acids work together in perfect harmony, to give the wine a plush, bright and alive feel.
A burst of bright red cherry juice combines with wild strawberry, juicy raspberry and flint. As the wine opens, follow-on flavors emerge, including cassis, dried cherry and a hint of sweet tobacco leaf.
Juicy and very long, with red fruits that seem to sustain forever. As the fruits fade, a chewy dryness emerges. When the fruit finally fades, a hint of sweet tobacco and flint remain for a ling time.
What the Winery Says
Estate grown Pinot Noir
50% new French and 50% 2 year old French Oak (Seguin Moreau)
.65 g/100ml ml 100%
Don’t belive everything that you read - you can grow Pinot in Paso! Yes, even on the Eastside! This Pinot is characterized by aromas of cherry cola, vanilla, and ripe raspberries. You may find some nutmeg and earthy mushroom notes too. I would have to say that this wine should definitely prove my Point!
Shannon O’Neill, Winemaker of Maloy O’Neill Vineyards
About the Winery
Maloy O’Neill Vineyards is dedicated to making the highest quality wines in limited quantities while maintaining superior one-to-one client relationships. Through this dedication, the family believes in and aspires to providing a legacy for future generations of the Maloy O’Neill Clan. Maloy O’Neill is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery located in California’s beautiful Central Coast region.
We are dedicated to producing estate-bottled varietals and site-specific wines from our vineyards and other selected vineyards in the Paso Robles area. These vineyards have consistently produced high quality, intensely fruity vintages. Premium wine handcrafted in small lots is our main focus in delivering a unique product to our consumers. Cabernet Sauvignon is our flagship variety, but other premium varietals include Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, and Malvasia Bianca.