2014 WALT Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
"Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity."
94 Points | Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettman
"Black cherry, dried violets and vanilla cookies in berry syrup show on the fruity, floral nose of this bottling, but the minerally, turned-earthy quality is most intriguing. Ripe black plum, tart plum skins and bitter black-tea flavors fight for attention on the dynamic palate that shows both power and finesse."
92 Points | Wine Spectator, James Laube
"Broad, rich and expansive, with a deep core of wild berry, blueberry, spice, pepper and bergamot orange, showing subtle earthy shadings. Tightens on the finish but is easy to drink now and sure to gain. Drink now."
The iconic Clos Pepe vineyard is situated in a cool enclave within the Sta. Rita Hills. The prevailing winds coming from the Pacific slow the ripening of these vines, allowing for saturated flavors to accumulate throughout the decidedly long growing season.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 months in 50% New Francois Freres|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Clos Pepe Vineyard|
|Vintage Notes||2014 had a very early bloom and bud break driven by drought conditions and warm weather. This allowed the fruit to slowly ripen and to be harvested at the most optimal time. Very small berries (high skin to juice ratio) gave our wines a deep concentration and richness.|