2017 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
"A brilliant whiff of salinity greets you aromatically as the wine shows bright red fruits that mingle with shades of kumquat rind and earthy undertones that build in the glass. The palate shows off a silky texture and wonderfully soft mouthfeel. Black tea, exotic spices and shades of cran-raspberry puree all mingle together nicely on the palate. A delight to enjoy in its youth, the wine will show well for another decade."
92 Points | Wine Spectator, Kim Marcus
"Engagingly ripe, with concentrated dark cherry and kirsch flavors, supported by medium-grained tannins. The juicy finish features rich forest floor notes."
This wine is medium ruby in color with pronounced aromas of red cherry, cranberry, wet stone, raspberry coulis and baking spice. The wine has mouthwatering acidity with notes of black cherry, dark plum, nutmeg and white pepper. Sourced from three vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, this wine showcases the expressive appellation.
The Sta. Rita Hills appellation blend is sourced from Radian Vineyard, Bentrock Vineyard and Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard. The majority of the blend is comprised of fruit from Radian, which sits at 1,000 feet in elevation exposing the vines to fog and cooling ocean breezes. These vineyards are blended to create a beautiful representation of the region with concentrated flavors and lively acidity.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 40% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Radian, Bentrock & Fiddlestix Vineyards|