2012 Loring Wine Company Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1156963 88-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Moving further south and from a mix of vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills, Brian’s 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills looks to be superior to the 2011 and offers up a pretty, sweetly fruited profile with a rich, layered and easy-drinking feel. All about pure fruit at the moment, it will be interesting to see how this evolves once in bottle, but it should be an outstanding Pinot. Drink 2014-2019. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy black raspberry and spicecake aromas show very good clarity and pick up a note of cola with air. Emphatically fruity and open-knit, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and a kick of white pepper. Seamless and sweet on a finish that lingers with very good spicy persistence. This flamboyant, fruit-driven pinot is ridiculously easy to drink. "As vines get older the wines that they make become more structured and need less new oak," Brian Loring told me, which means that he's now using about 25% new barrels for his pinots. The result, to my taste, is wines of more finesse and complexity, with greater detail and less emphasis on sweet fruit. Loring's production and sales have grown exponentially in recent years, necessitating a move to a large new winery on the east side of Lompoc. Indeed, his sister's camper was parked inside when I visited in mid-October and his multitude of barrels (production is up to 10,000 cases now) were laid out in neat unstacked and uncramped rows. "That means a massive amount of time saved in winery work, and a lot less stress," said Loring. Inner quote mark (12/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Both fairly ripe and a bit bound up by acid, this solid, if slightly edgy young wine displays plenty of fruity muscle along with a somewhat sinewy structure. It smacks of both cherries and dark berries, and its fruit has the stamina to fight its way through a touch of invasive astringency at the finish, but it is sufficiently tough to dissuade hasty drinking and should find real benefit from a few years of age. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

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