2010 Clos Pepe "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1124642 93 points 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.  (8/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (7/ 2012)

91 points 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.  (9/ 2012)

91 points 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.  (12/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (9/ 2012)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/19/2013  | Send Email
The 2009 Pinot Noir shows what pinot noir can do in the Santa Rita Hills under the care of Wes Hagen, vineyard manager and brilliant winemaker at Clos Pepe. As Hagen puts it, "Santa Rita Hills is a Chardonny AVA famous for Pinot Noir". Nothing could be truer with this 2009 Estate pinot. Red cherry, raspberry, cassis, mineral. Medium plus acidity, well-balanced, delicate, with an elegance and transparency that demonstrates Hagen's talent. A very special wine, to be enjoyed with food at table (we had it with cassoulet & duck confit with Wes) or tucked away to enjoy in 5-10 years!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1