2019 WALT Rita's Crown Pinot Noir
"Ruby/plum-hued and semi-opaque, the 2019 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown has a terrific, medium to full-bodied, balanced, elegant style that carries lots of black raspberry and mulberry-like fruits as well as spicy oak, candied violets, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It has wonderful purity, ripe tannins, and a solid finish. It's a classy Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir that has just subtle salinity and gaminess and leads with its fruit and texture."
92 Points | Wine Spectator, Kim Marcus
"Plush and lusciously spiced, with unctuous cherry tart and plum pastry flavors that are loaded with toasty accents. Ends with a long, cream-filled 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 45% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Rita's Crown Vineyard|
|Vintage Notes||The 2019 vintage began with a wet spring bringing three inches of rain in May. In response to the late rains our vineyards received diligent attention to control vigorous vine growth. A long Indian summer followed with mild weather, allowing the fruit to ripen at slow, even place. The long picking windows bore fruit with beautiful freshness at optimal ripeness. The resulting wines are exceptionally elegant.|