KEN BROWN STA BARBARA CO PINOT NOIRRating: 88
This wine is luscious and fruit forward with appealing aromatics, expressive flavors and a rich, plush texture. Aromas of dark cherry are accented by subtle earth tones and a hint of cinnamon stick. The lush aromatics give way to classic Pinot Noir fruit flavors of cherry and blackberry enveloped in well balanced, soft tannins. The wine culminates in a rich, harmonious finish with a touch of spice. While the very drinkable style of this wine makes it enjoyable upon release, extended cellar aging for six years or more will promote even more depth and complexity in both flavor and aromatics. 39% Rio Vista Vineyard, 24% Garey Vineyard, 15% Nielson Vineyard, 14% Sierra Madre Vineyard and 8% Buena Terra Vineyard. This wine showcases some of the finest estates in Santa Barbara County. About 53% of the blend comes from Santa Maria Valley including the Garey, Nielson and Sierra Madre Vineyards. Pinot Noir grapes from these vineyards contribute earth tones, spice and lush texture to the wine. The balance of the blend (47%) hails from Sta. Rita Hills, specifically Rio Vista and Buena Terra vineyards whose grapes add the luscious dark cherry aromatics and flavors and smooth tannins found in the wine. "This shows wild cherry, rose petals, roast game and campfire on the nose. Black-plum skins come to the fore on the sip lifted by dried thyme, rich mulberry and earthy chaparral scrub." Wine Enthusiast 88 points.
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