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Proprietor and winemaker Nicole Walsh released her inaugural wines in 2014 including a 2012 Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir and a 2013 Coastview Vineyard Monterey County Chardonnay.
Ser is a Spanish word meaning expressing identity or origin.
Walsh has made wines for other wineries for 17 years including 14 years at Bonny Doon Vineyard where she continues to work closely with owner Randall Grahm. She launched her own wine brand in 2012, producing Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Cabernet Pfeffer.
2013 Ser Coastview Vineyard Monterey County Chardonnay
14.0%, 65 cases, $28, screwcap. Vineyard is at 2300’ elevation in the Gabilan Mountains of Monterey County. Granite and limestone soils. · Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A mineral-driven Chardonnay with aromas of lime, fresh green apple, pear, sea breeze and nutty oak. A bit austere upon opening, picking up considerable intensity and interest over time in the glass, offering flavors of peach, pear, apple and lime, framed by bracing steely acidity. A Chablis impostor! Score: 91. Reviewed March 16, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Ser Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 180 cases, $33. “Ser” translates to “To be; expressing identity or origin” in Spanish. Ser is a small boutique wine company based in Santa Cruz, California featuring wines vinified by owner and winemaker Nicole Walsh. 40% Lester Family Vineyard, 30% Lilo Vineyard, and 30% Byington Vineyard. Vineyards were fermented separately. 5 to 6-day cold soak, indigenous yeast fermentation, gently pressed into 10% new and 90% neutral French oak barrels. Aged 14 months in barrel. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. This is a savory wine with more interest than just fruit. The nose offers aromas of cherry, sous-bois, iron, tomato, herbs and wood. Light and elegant in style, but with a noticeable midpalate attack of red cherry, cranberry and red raspberry fruits. Slightly confected with a prominent savory herb undertone. Slightly plush on the palate with suave tannins, juicy acidity, and some finishing length. Very forward and easy to like and a perfect foil for grilled salmon. Score: 89. Reviewed October 21, 2014 ARTICLE »