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2018 Testarossa Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8315087 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
$25
Item Sold Amount Date
I8327640 1 $23 Jul 17, 2022
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RATINGS

93Jeb Dunnuck

...perfumed, medium-bodied effort has lots of raspberry and floral notes, a clean, balanced, elegant texture, good acidity, and tons of personality...beautifully done...

91Wine Spectator

Juicy, with vibrant cherry tart and raspberry ganache flavors, backed by crunchy acidity. Delicate floral notes emerge midpalate, showing light minerality and peppery hints on the finish.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.