Sostener

Owner(s) Steve McIntyre, Michael Thomas
Web site wwwmartinscottwines.com
 
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Sostener

Sostener is owned by Michael Thomas of Wrath Wines and renowned viticulturist Steve McIntrye. Sostener translates to "to sustain" in Spanish. This is an affordable Pinot Noir ($22) from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sourced from an estate vineyard planted to clones 19 and "828,", the vineyard is farmed sustainably.

The winemaker is Eric Laumann, a graduate of University of California at Davis, and a winemaker for over 30 years. He has worked at Zaca Mesa, Kendall Jackson, Chalone Wine Group and Bonny Doon Vineyards.

The first vintage was 2012.

Reviewed Wines

2018 Sostener Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $11.98-$18.95. The name Sostener means “sustain” in Spanish symbolizing a dedication to sustainable viticulture and winemaking. Produced from the “very old vines” at the McIntyre Estate Vineyard. A collaboration between two Monterey growers and vintners, Steve McIntyre and Michael Thomas. The winemaker is Eric Laumann, a UC Davis graduate with over 30 years of winemaking experience in California. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose slowly opens to reveal pleasing aromas of black cherry and allspice. Very polished, elegant and easygoing on the palate, featuring black cherry and strawberry fruit flavors accompanied with a riff of spice. Good acid verve and sparse tannins make for juicy early enjoyment. A bit shallow on the mid palate and short finish. An excellent everyday Pinot Noir as well as a solid value in old vine Pinot Noir. Score: 90. Reviewed August 29, 2020 ARTICLE »

2018 Sostener Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $11.98-$19.99 (Wine-Searcher). Produced from old vines at the McIntyre Estate Vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose slowly opens to reveal pleasing aromas of black cherry and allspice. Very polished, elegant and easygoing on the palate, featuring black cherry and strawberry flavors accompanied with a riff of spice. Good acid verve and sparse tannins make for juicy early enjoyment. My only nit would be a bit of shallowness on the mid palate and a modest finish. An excellent everyday Pinot Noir and a solid value in old vine Pinot Noir. Score: 90. Reviewed November 12, 2020 ARTICLE »

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