2005 Robledo Family Winery Los Carneros Pinot Noir

$35. Reynaldo Robledo Sr. came to California from Michoacan, Mexico in 1968 at the age of 16, and along with several relatives, began to work in the vineyards pruning vines. He quickly advanced himself, managing crews of workers within a year. Eventually he became vineyard manager for large vineyards and in 1996 formed his own vineyard management company, Robledo Vineyard Management. In 1997, he released 100 cases of wine under the Robledo Family Winery name, the first Mexican migrant worker to establish his own winery. Today, his seven sons and two daughters work in the business and production is 12,000 cases of wine a year. Through the years, he purchased several vineyards and now owns 220 acres in Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties. · Dark Pinot fruits, primarily black raspberry, and oak lead off followed by more luscious dark fruits front and center. Tannins are well-concealed. A long, scented fresh berry aftertaste is memorable. Reviewed December 16, 2007

Winery: Robledo Family Winery
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