2017 Pinot Noir "Appellation's Edge"
Raidian Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Here is another spectacular version of Appellation’s Edge!
What I love about the 2017’s is that all the cuvees are so naturally full of earth and complexity. This is a fulfillment of a vision that I started to have for the Sta. Rita Hills’ greatest vineyards a few years ago. At that time I commented in various wine notes about how my gut was telling me to take my foot off the gas pedal just a bit, thus allowing their maturing vines to spread their wings at stages of ripeness that would lead to slightly lower alcohol levels. The result, wines that would be elegant and at the same time have great concentration. Simply put, as the vines have become more fully entrenched in their dirt, their wines have become more packed with character. With this 2017 “Edgy”, it is an archetypical example of what the Sta. Rita Hills is all about. The formula is so simple; if you love Pinot Noir, just put some of this stuff in a glass and smell it. That sweet earth is just haunting. And on the palate, the succulent layers of fruit are so good. If you want to have an understanding of why Pinot Noir at its best has so much richness and mystique, this wine will tell you that story
100% Pinot Noir,
Radian Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills