2018 Tyler "La Rinconada Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1554579 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard is expressive and powerful this vintage! Pale ruby-purple in color, it features rhubarb and raspberry preserves with nuances of tangerine, rooibos tea leaves and cast iron. The palate explodes with iron-laced fruits and offers flourishes of floral perfume. It has abundant, grainy tannins and bursts of fresh acidity that call you back for another sip on the long finish. 97+ (EB) Inner quote mark (3/2022)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark La Rinconada vineyard is adjacent to the famed Sanford & Benedict site and consistently yields a radically different wine. As with the Chardonnay from this vineyard, the Pinot Noir is a more brawny, bursting and masculine answer to the elegant and effortless Sanford & Benedict. A black-fruited, polished, focused nose leads to an explosive palate loaded with high-toned red fruits, aged leather and dried roses. An impressive and multifaceted showing. (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard offers laser like focus behind a core of red fruit. The Rinconada is one of the most reticent wines in the range today. I would be prepared to cellar it for at lest a few years. Blood orange, mint and crushed rocks all flesh out in a vivid, mineral-driven wine loaded with class. With a bit of air, the layers really start to flesh out. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2022 | Send Email
World-class Pinot Noir in every regard. This is a wine that truly shows the potential of the Sta. Rita Hills to rival ANYWHERE on the planet in terms of wonderfully pure, elegant, and refined Pinot Noir. The 2018 La Rinconada leaps from the glass with haunting high-toned floral notes, star anise, agar wood lead into pristine red berry fruits, raspberry compote, brambly blackberry, baking spice, chalky mineral, crushed rock. Perfectly polished, ultra-fine tannin and a vibrant freshness to the acidity. The fruit expression expands and seems riper and more exotic with air. Very expansive and flavorful, yet so precise at the same time. A masterclass in California Pinot Noir from winemaker Justin Willet. Burgundy lovers won't be disappointed either. Limited supply.

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