2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 90pts Antonio Galloni
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"The 2017 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is a rich, luscious wine that shows the riper side of the vintage off to great effect. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice, spice, menthol and new leather are front and center. The boisterous, juicy style is ideal for near and medium-term drinking."
- Antonio Galloni
In 2017, my deliveries of Pinot Noir were so small that it made it impossible to skim off any gallons of Déjà vu, Radical, Slice Of Heaven, etc. Thus, the bad news is, for one year, I had to put a tour de force blending program on hold. The good news, for fans of this wine, is that it forced me to utilize 100% Estate Grown fruit. In other words, my 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is pretty much indistinguishable from Ocean’s Ghost. In contemplating these notes, at one point I was about to proclaim “It’s a mini-Ocean’s Ghost!” Then I went and tasted it, and I couldn’t find the mini part. Even though it is a bigger lot (800 cases), every effort was still made in the winemaking to capture all the nuance from our soil. It’s a dark, rich, structured Pinot Noir from a very good vintage that can be aged or enjoyed any time. While its mystique is not the result of blending great vineyards, it is, nonetheless, still there.
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