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2019 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

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April 30, 2023 - $36



92Wine Enthusiast

Opulent aromas of baked Bing cherry and strawberry are flaked in licorice and a touch of clove on the nose of this rich expression. Dark plum and cherry tones meet with the appellation's characteristic cola spice on the palate.

91Wine Spectator

Concentrated dark cherry and plum tart flavors are well-knit, showing forest floor accents. The richly textured finish is buoyant, showing cooking and savory spice accents, with hints of cocoa.

90Jeb Dunnuck

...outstanding... Black raspberries, caramelized cherries, violets, and subtle earthy, herbal notes give way to a medium-bodied, elegant, incredibly well-made Pinot Noir...


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.


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.