About the Producer
"Friends’ enjoying the moments and experiences of tasting fine wine is how our story began. Individual experiences combining a collective goal to produce world-class wines that are defined by power and grace.
PATINÉ (pa-tee-nay) means to have skated in French; an act that requires both power and grace. Jim’s career as a professional hockey player was defined by the game that requires strength, endurance, structure, balance, elegance, and skill. It is not a surprise that these are the very same qualities that we strive to achieve in the production of our Single Vineyard Designate Pinot Noir. We are committed to sourcing fruit from vineyards that are meticulously farmed in an effort to produce handcrafted world-class wines. We are not only thrilled but also humbled to have our friend and winemaker Mike Smith at the helm of our endeavor."
Jim Fox/Dean Nucich — Co-Founders
Overview of the Wine
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, the Soberanes Vineyard sits next to Gary’s Vineyard and is the newest vineyard of the Pisoni and Franscioni family partnerships. Deemed “one of the appellation’s most esteemed properties” by the Wine Enthusiast, the Soberanes Vineyard bears the family name of José María Soberanes, who marched from Mexico to Monterey Bay with the famed Portolá expedition, and his son Feliciano, who acquired the 8,900-acre land grant as repayment for his loan of forty horses, fifty head of cattle, four oxen and some sheep.
The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is part of the western mountains of the Salinas Valley, facing east, receiving the gentle morning sunshine. The valley is fundamental for it channels the cold climate conditions from the Pacific Ocean. Southeastern-facing bench lands sit in and above the morning fog and are cooled by these coastal winds funneled off Monterey Bay. The fog and afternoon winds combined with good sun exposure lengthen the growing season in the appellation. Grapes hang on the vines longer, developing complex flavors while keeping their crisp acidity. These conditions, and the sandy loam soils, which boast significant sub-soil boulders layered I to the alluvial fan, along with the meticulous farming practices overseen by Mark Pisoni, make the Soberanes Vineyard perfect for growing premium Pinot Noir.
About The Vintage
The 2018 growing season produced another elegant but powerful Pinot Noir from this magical vineyard. Nestled up against the bench-land hills, the Soberanes Vineyard is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This family vineyard builds upon a tradition of high quality hands on wine growing. The Pisoni and Franscioni families, whose friendship spans three generations bring pedigree and proven stewardship to this premium vineyard site. Managed primarily by the Pisoni Family, the utmost in care and attention to detail shows in every cluster of this vineyard. - Mike Smith
Pairs well with Chicken and Turkey cuisines.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Full spectrum of bright and dark red fruits across the board characterized by subtle spiciness, wind-blown lavender and tangy orange peel. This wine is rich and full with a beautiful mouthfeel and texture. It's juicy mid-palate is characterized by plenty of weight, which is round and broadly textured, with an impressive acidic structure.
Product size: 750ml