2014 WALT Rita's Crown Pinot Noir
"Another deeply colored, rich and layered effort, the 2014 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown Vineyard (aged ten months in 50% new French oak) gives up lots of black fruits, scorched earth, licorice and ground herbs in a full-bodied, rich, chewy and ripe style. It is darker and more mineral-laced than the Clos Pepe, which has a touch more spice and red fruits. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade."
94 Points | Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone
"Deep and heady aromas of stewed blackberries, smoked beef, turned loam, crushed slate and ginger snaps hit all the rich Pinot Noir buttons on this bottling. The palate sports a black cherry-cranberry juice mix of rich tartness enhanced by crushed marjoram and thyme, laid across a plush mouth feel cut by spicy acidity."
91 Points | Wine Spectator, James Laube
"Rich and layered, with an expansive core of zesty wild berry, blueberry, anise, black tea, violet and rose flavors. Ends with a long, graceful finish..."
Our 2014 Rita's Crown Pinot Noir has a nougat, chalky minerality driven by terroir. The palate features bright, sweet red fruit with underlying darker fruit character. The wine is lively, opulent and dynamic with well integrated oak and a juicy nicely structured finish.
The Rita's Crown Vineyard is an exceptional site comprised mainly of steeply rolling hills planted to south facing vineyards. Limiting cobble clay loam soils and extremely well drained slopes produce small vines and berries of intense flavor and depth. Rita's Crown is nestled between the east west aspect of the Santa Rosa and La Purisima Hills, allowing the cool ocean fog to roll through the vineyard - perfect for Pinot Noir.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 months in 50% New Francois Freres|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Rita's Crown Vineyard|
|Vintage Notes||2014 had a very early bloom and bud break driven by drought conditions and warm weather. This allowed for the opportunity to let the fruit ripen and harvest at the most optimal time. Very small berries (high skin to juice ratio) gave our wines a deep concentration and richness.|