Al Scheid first saw untapped potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries today has evolved into a grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines.
On the west side of the Salinas Valley, directly in the path of Monterey’s relentless afternoon winds, sits Ranch 32.This is the place where they first planted vines in 1972 when winegrowing was in its infancy in Monterey County. The specialness of the region was understood, but it would take a few decades for the vineyards to reach their full potential. Ranch 32 is about highlighting the natural characteristics of the terroir and conveying the taste of place. Each vintage, they produce small lots of wines from their sustainably farmed estate vineyards that represent the best of the appellation. Silky, layered and fresh, Ranch 32 Pinot Noir from the Arroyo Seco AVA highlights the distinguished characteristics derived from this coveted cool-climate appellation. The grapes thrive in the warm afternoon sun while the vines are refreshed daily by the cold winds from the Monterey Bay. 12 months – 100% French oak 35% new. Winemaker Vincent Catalaà. The winery is entirely powered by wind. This Pinot Noir delivers delicate aromas of cherries, raspberries and currants with notes of mocha and vanilla from the French oak. It is medium-bodied and velvety with soft tannins and a long elegant finish. Great with pork chops and cranberries, Humba (Hong Ma or Chinese soy sauce braised pork), crispy duck pancakes or portobello penne pasta casserole