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