2013 Siduri "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1274298 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Vying for top honors among Siduri's impressive lot of 2013 Pinots, this involving and very well-crafted offering is as long on precision and winemaking polish as it is deep and defined in its optimally ripened, distinctly cherry-like fruit. It is at once ripe and lively with exemplary balance and a long, layered finish, and, while big on flavor, it is wonderfully lively and always light on its feet. It is the kind of Pinot that will grow and last for a long time, but, even though there are good reasons for waiting, it is absolutely delicious right now.  (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Coming from three separate blocks in the vineyard (two of which are completely exposed to the brutal Sta. Rita winds), the 2013 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is juicy and fresh, with lively black cherry, currants, violets, spring flowers and spice characteristics giving way to a terrific palate. Medium+-bodied, silky, refined and layered, with excellent mid-palate concentration and overall balance, it's another terrific 2013 that will drink nicely for 5-7 years. While recently sold to Kendall-Jackson, Siduri’s founder, Adam Lee, remains firmly onboard as winemaker and doesn’t have any plans of walking away soon. While it’s difficult to see the impact of the sale at the moment, I think Adam is making better wines today than he ever has. (JD)  (8/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Spicy black raspberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose, with suave floral and mineral qualities adding complexity. Sappy, sweet red berry liqueur flavors are energized by tangy minerality and a hint of Asian spices that gains strength with air. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the finish, with a sweet note of rose pastille lingering on the palate. (JR)  (12/2014)

89-92 points Vinous

 Broad and ample on the palate, the 2013 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard impresses for its pure power. The 40% whole clusters are nearly buried under masses of fruit in this super-expressive Pinot. Dark blue/purplish fruit, smoke, new leather and cloves all burst from the glass in an intriguing Pinot with tons of potential. Only 18 of a potential 70 barrels made the cut. (AG)  (4/2014)

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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.
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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.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez 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.