Rita's Earth Pinot Noir
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Sta. Rita Hills
This wine is an homage to the strength and beauty of Saint Rita, the namesake of our appellation, the Sta. Rita Hills. The timeless rose on the label was drawn by my artistic daughter, Chloe. It represents the final, miraculous rose that was taken to Rita after being plucked out of her garden in the middle of winter, shortly before her passing.
The wine offers characteristics that to me hint at a $50 Pinot, not $25. The Sta. Rita Hills earth is front-stage-center and is enveloped by spicy cherries. On the palate, it has a substantial fruit weight and fine tannins. Yes, this Rita’s Earth Pinot should age well. While it’s a pleasure to drink now, but it should continue to spread its wings over the next few years.