2019 Pinot Noir "Rita's Earth"
Santa Barbara County
This wine is an homage to the strength and beauty of Saint Rita, the namesake of our vineyard’s 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 a richness and complexity that suggests a Pinot Noir that is more expensive than its $20 suggested retail. Its Central Coast earthiness is center stage in an aroma that is enveloped by cherries, herbs and a touch of rhubarb. On the palate, it has a nice fruit weight with fine tannins that are nicely placed but by no means over bearing. Yes, this Rita’s Earth Pinot should age well. While it’s a pleasure to drink now, it is still just a baby, and should continue to spread its wings over the next few years. Also, being a little more on the delicate side, it’s the perfect red wine for chilling down and drinking during the summer months.