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2016 Clendenen Family Wines "Rancho La Cuna Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1521413 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Fantastically complex aromas of kirsch, turned soil, sage oil, potpourri, tobacco and dried meat carry the nose of this bottling. The palate offers herbal tones of thyme, peppercorn and juniper, as well as dried cherry and tea-leaf flavors. The four years of age are just starting to show, and magically so. (MK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Ripe black cherry, plum, spice, licorice, cedar and new leather are some of the many notes that emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Cuna Vineyard. In the glass, the 2016 is creamy and ample in feel, with tons of richness and impeccable overall balance. The 100% new oak is felt, but also very nicely integrated with the wine's fabric. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Cuna has a nose of blackberries with earthy notions of mossy bark, mushroom, underbrush and laurel. The palate is light to medium-bodied with crunchy fruits, a gently chalky and super fresh texture, and it finishes long. 175 cases produced. (EB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Cuna comes from a vineyard in Santa Barbara County and spent 20 months in all new French oak. It displays a more ruby/lighter hue as well as spicy notes of mulled red fruits, rose petals, salty minerality, and a kiss of background oak. An elegant, medium to full-bodied effort, it has plenty of tannins (some from the oak), good overall mid-palate depth, and a great finish. I think it's outstanding, but don't open bottles for at least another 2-3 years. 91+ Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Suave, with cedary and sandalwood accents to the dried cherry, berry and currant flavors. Firm tannins linger on the finish, offering hints of dried juniper berry. (KM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

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