2018 ESTATE PINOT NOIR, STA. RITA HILLS
This is a beautiful, refined vintage of our Estate Pinot Noir. Rich aromas of dried cherries, earth, baking spices, sandalwood and hibiscus meld on the palate with notes of black currant, elderberry, raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, and shiso. This medium-bodied wine has great acidity and tannins, and the balance of fruit, floral, and woody notes are complimented by a smooth mouth-feel and lingering finish.
Our Estate Pinot Noir represents the essence of our organically farmed vineyards with grapes sourced from every block, with multiple row orientations, sun aspects and clonal selections, all of which are planted in rich clay soils. Having these unique soils, creates a fuller and deeper impression in the mouth much the way marbling in Wagyu beef produces a far more succulent dining experience. It is a classic example of Pinot Noir and is a great entry point into understanding our vineyard.
Our estate wines reflect the essence of our terroir. Derived from a selection of our small blocks, these wines express the roundness derived from our rich clay soils, while also conveying the tension derived from the maritime influences that challenge our vines every day. Blending these blocks provides us the opportunity to produce wines that are immensely drinkable now, yet will also deliver great drinking for the next 5+ years.
Vinous – “The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate is expansive and translucent in feel. The blend of nine clones on the property yields a distinctive Pinot that is full of character. Crushed berries, licorice, mint and a touch of whole cluster savoriness give the Estate tons of character to match its translucent personality. This is such an attractive wine.” (92 Pts)