2016 Sta. Rita Hills
- The Wine
- The Specs
The Sta. Rita Hills is a special AVA, ideally suited for Pinot Noir because of a combination of poor marine-based sandy loam soils, elevated calcium in the soil and the Pacific’s cooling influence through fog and wind. This botting is a blend of distinct vineyard sites and clones from three locations in Sta. Rita Hills, each site displaying its own character. When combined these sites create a terrific example of the diversity in the AVA. Aged in 50% new French oak for 15 months, this medium-ruby colored Pinot Noir expresses black cherry, concentrated plum, spicy cedar, chewy firm tannins, zesty acidity, adding up to a long persistent finish. While approachable in its youth, it deserves another few years of cellaring.
92 pts. Jeb Dunnuck, 91 pts. Vinous