2015 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1333671 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from Clos Pepe, John Sebastiano, and Dierberg vineyards, the 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a great introduction to this stellar region. Toasted spice, dried earth, herbs and dried red fruits give way to a supple, beautifully textured, straight up delicious Pinot Noir geared for drinking over the coming 2-4 years.  (8/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Bright red. Aromas of ripe, smoke-tinged black raspberry, cherry and rose oil are lifted and sharpened by suggestions of white pepper and smoky minerals. Offers juicy red and dark berry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors with a hint of licorice that builds with air. Shows very good heft as well as energy, finishing long and gently tannic, with clinging dark berry character. (JR)  (11/2017)

Connoisseurs Guide

 This firmly built middleweight sets its compass on clean, fairly direct red cherry fruit and flirts with tangy, cranberry traits here and there. It is pleasantly rounded on entry and briefly shows a touch of fleshiness but tightens and turns to acidity as it crosses the palate. It closes on a slightly chalky note that argues for a bit of age, and, while not one of Siduri's more expressively fruity wines, it should emerge from its youthful shell and show a little more richness with a brief cellar stay.  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills has a subdued nose of tar, dusty earth and wet pebbles with hints of cranberries and pomegranate, plus a touch of white pepper. The palate is soft, straightforward and lively with good length. (LPB)  (9/2017)

Wine Enthusiast

 Elegant aromas of black plum, asphalt, black tea and sandalwood show on the nose of this appellation blend from Adam Lee. The palate offers hints of forest floor with mushroom and mulberry flavors, as well as a persistent woody spice. (MK)  (11/2017)

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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.


- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5