2010 Clos Pepe "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A heady array of juicy dark berries, flowers and spices bursts from the glass as the 2010 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard shows off its personality. This is a rich, full-bodied, flashy Pinot with all of its elements in the right place. A polished, beautifully articulated finish rounds things out in style. The 2010 is a relatively big wine for Clos Pepe, but it works. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
A happy wine that's delicate, pure and focused on ripe plum, black cherry and watermelon, with a smooth texture and just the right amount of tannins. Drink now through 2022. 915 cases made.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Outstanding* An exceptionally pretty nose of ripe red cherry, raspberry and spice hints introduces delicious, intense and pure medium-bodied flavors that possess both good energy as well as an opulent mouth feel before terminating in a focused, balanced and impressively persistent finish. I like this as it manages to be generous yet reasonably well-detailed as the same time.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry and candied rose, along with a strong Asian spice character. Deeply pitched red and dark berry preserve flavors are given an exotic twist by floral pastilles and star anise. Silky and expansive on the impressively focused, persistent finish.
Young, vibrant and juicy, this is a beautiful Pinot Noir to drink now with fine foods ranging from steak and lamb to tuna and salmon. It has a silky, dry mouthfeel made brisk with acidity, while the flavors veer toward red stone fruits and spices.