2014 Loring Wine Company "Clos Pepe" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the last vintage where the vineyard was managed by Wes Hagen, the 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard sports a deep ruby color as well as serious ripeness in its big, exuberant, black fruit, black raspberries, roasted herbs and overflowing spice aromas and flavors. Drink this petal to the metal, yet always balanced and still fresh Pinot Noir anytime over the coming 4-5 years. It’s always a blast to taste with Brian Loring, and these latest releases are rock solid. Brian called 2014 the best vintage since 2010, going on to say the vintage offered big yields, lots of hang time and no heat spikes. All of his latest releases show plenty of fruit and purity, with approachable, forward characteristics. (JD)
Chipped slate and wet-clay minerality give depth to the baked strawberry, black plum and rose-petal aromas on the nose of this single-vineyard study by Brian Loring. Similar earthiness descends on the palate, with a slow-simmering acidity allowing the juicy black fruit to steadily emerge.
Dense and focused on a core of dusty blackberry, wild berry, underbrush and loamy earth notes. The flavors build and gain depth, firming on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
An elegant, pure and layered nose displays ripe red berry liqueur-like aromas where additional breadth is present in the form of floral, spice and an interesting citrus hint. The middle weight flavors are not quite as concentrated as those of the Aubaine but they're finer and more energetic, all wrapped in a well-balanced, dusty and wonderfully long finish. Again there is a hint of warmth on the beautifully complex finale, but provided this is kept at the proper serving temperature it should not prove to be a material distraction.
From one of the Central Coast’s most renowned vineyards for world-class Pinot Noir, this is a beautiful red wine with aromas of strawberries, spice and darker berry fruits. The palate is balanced and nuanced, with berry fruit and spice throughout. The wine has crisp minerality and good structure. This is a serious Pinot Noir that echoes its Burgundian forebears as much as its California roots.