2014 Pinot Noir "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
Sanger Vineyard West, Sta. Rita Hills
Je Ne Sais Quoi is my moniker for a vineyard that makes a mysteriously sensuous wine. After an ownership change in 2014 that did not negatively affect the execution in the farming (otherwise I would have bailed) Je Ne is Block 3 at Sanger Vineyard West. Its soil is a very uniform, brownish silty clay loam. Visually, it's not the kind of thing that lunges at the psyche of most winemakers. It's dirt, period. So it's hard to assign anything gripping in the soil as the cause of its extremely unique wines; wines that are so dimensional, and so pleasing at the same time, that they boggle my mind. For all you level #3 sommelier restaurant wine buyers in Los Angeles that are looking to build some organoleptic muscle, this wine is your kettlebell. For all you wine drinkers like me, who every now and then just like to visit the phenomenon of complexity, let's just pull the cork and chalk it up to the DNA of Pinot Noir, and how it interacts with its soil, regardless of how that soil looks.
100% Pinot Noir, Sanger Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills