2013 Sarah's Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1282351 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This amazing wine can match up against wines double the price. Brawny red berries and wild cherries mix with cut sagebrush, eucalyptus and crushed graphite on the nose. The palate combines bright red, acid-driven raspberry fruit with the darker structure of elderberry. Throw in thyme and bay leaf for the complete package. (MK)  (12/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* Very proper, nicely ripened, red cherry fruit is joined by subtle notes of tobacco and sweet oak in both the mid-density aromas and flavors of this measured middleweight, and, while never an especially intense or layered look at Pinot, the wine earns good marks for clarity and continuity. It is just tannic enough to suggest that it will develop for several more years, but will make useful drinking in the near term with lighter meats of all sorts.  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

As one of the Domestic Buyers for K&L I can tell you that wines come to us in many different ways. Typically they come from a distributor or broker or even sometimes the winery direct. We'll sit down and separate the good and great from the mediocre or sometimes bad. Sometimes we are able to negotiate better pricing based on a myriad of factors, and sometimes we find great wines on closeouts. But other times we do find wines based on major wine publications scores, and that is exactly how we found this Sarah's Vineyard Pinot Noir. Sure, we'd tried wines from the winery before, but nothing really stuck. In fact, I was incredibly skeptical of this wine until I actually tried it. I was just floored by its quality, traditional Pinot Noir styling and affordable price tag, and we hope you will be, too. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2016 | Send Email
A mushroomy nose right off the pop tells you that this is a traditional Pinot drinker's Pinot. Red-fruited but with a lot of savor and a smoky, sappy persistence leave no doubt that this is a great find. You could go on for days about what blind tasting flight of much more expensive wines you could slip this into. Sarah's Vineyard is in the Santa Clara Valley AVA's Hecker Pass district... their estate vineyard just a few hundred yards from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Hecker Pass was an important wine growing area in the 19th century and up until prohibition, but unlike other areas it never entirely recovered after the 21st Amendment. But a few good producers (and a few very old vineyards) tend the flame for those who might be interested in California's hidden corners.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
While labeled Central Coast, this is a single-vineyard, estate-grown Pinot that drives forward with crushed cherry and strawberry tones and deeper aromas of Porcini mushroom and old leather. Overall red fruited but with more bass than treble, this is plump but with good energetic tang and a level of seriousness that is rare for under $20. Interwoven fruit, earth, savor and acid are all presented in a fun and pretty frame with a dominating pitchy resonance that has a wealth of cranberry, white cherry, beef blood and Shiitake mushroom that really can’t be beat at this price.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Great value in Central Coast reds. Luscious notes of ripe black berry, dark cherry, dried herbs and sweet pipe tobacco. This is a wonderful Pinot Noir to pair with holiday dinners featuring pork tenderloin or a delicately prepared crown roast of lamb.

Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
With a nose of strawberry and smokey tobacco leaf, this wine is quite light in color. Hand harvested and destemmed and then aged in 100% French oak barrels, this wine has cherry and ripe strawberry notes on the palate with medium acid and mellow tannins. It is ready to drink now or over the next few years. A great value for the price.

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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.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2