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2017 Pence Ranch "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1383473 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate fermented in concrete and was aged 16 months in 20% new French oak using 20% whole clusters. It has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of baked blackberries, black cherries, saddle leather and dust with meaty notes in the background plus garrigue and dried black tea leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it's very silky in the mouth with lots of juicy ripe fruit balanced by earthy notes, with very soft tannins to frame and juicy acidity, finishing long. An easy to drink, crowd-pleasing wine. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A wine of density and power, the 2017 Pinot Noir Estate is going to need a few years to unwind. Today, it shows impressive density and richness, but is also far less forthcoming than some of the other wines in the lineup. Firm tannins wrap around a core of blue/purplish fruit, cloves, menthol, licorice and new leather in this compelling Pinot Noir from Pence. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate offers more complexity as well as elegance. Blackberries, sour cherries, sappy flowers, and singed spice notes all give way to a layered, medium-bodied, elegant effort that has good acidity as well and overall balance. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

The Pence wines are made by the extremely talented winemaker Sashi Moorman of Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte etc. Winemaking style, from the winery's note: "Our Chardonnays are wild yeast fermented in neutral to 30% new French oak barrels ranging in size from 59 to 400 gallons. There is no movement of the lees and the wines go through complete malo-lactic fermentation with wines remaining in barrel for 9 to 15 months. Prior to bottling the wines are then moved to stainless steel tanks to settle. We do these steps to insure that the wines remain fresh and vibrant showcasing our region’s energizing acidity and citrus flavors."

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