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94 Points

2014 WALT "Rita's Crown" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard
750mL

$75.00

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94 Points

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.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate

94 Points

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.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate
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Vineyard Notes

Central Coast AVA
Roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California from Santa Barbara County to San Francisco County

Sta. Rita Hills
Follows a clearly defined maritime “throat” that ushers in the Pacific fog and constant cooling breezes.

Sandy Loam Soils
Cause vines to produce grapes with powerful varietal character

Tasting Notes

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.

  • Nougat
  • Minerality
  • Red Fruit
  • Oak
Wine Facts

In 2014, an exceptionally dry winter and warm spring led to an early bud break. The growing season ran ahead of schedule all year. The lower yields produced concentrated, complex, and age-worthy wines.

Bottle Size 750mL
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Barrel Aging 10 months in 50% New Francois Freres
Vineyard Rita's Crown Vineyard
Varietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir
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