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Carlson is located within Curtis Winery in Los Olivos. The first Pinot Noir was released in 2000.
Chuck Carlson, who has been making wine in the Central Coast for over 25 years, is the winemaker for Curtis Winery and President of the Rhone Rangers Association. Carlson began his career as the winemaker for Zaca Mesa but moved to Curtis Winery when the Firestone family opened this winery in 1995.
2014 Carlson John Sebastiano Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., $45. Winemaker is Chuck Carlson, vinified in Los Olivos. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. The nose is largely oak-driven (sandalwood and smoky), with added cherry fruit and baking spice aromas. The palate is oak-charged, but there is charming cherry fruit that is complimented by spice. The acidity and tannins are in harmony and there is some generosity to the finish. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, there was considerable oak-driven notes of toast and cigar and the wine had lost appeal for me. Score: 86. Reviewed January 16, 2017 ARTICLE »