2014 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 1.5L
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...
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
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||Vintage 2014 was early and warm, providing winemakers time to patiently allow the vines to usher all components of flavor and texture. Small berries, which have a higher skin to juice ratio, informs a wine of greater concentrations of flavor and richness. We harvest in the cool hours preceding daybreak to preserve the delicate subtleties within each berry.|