2016 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
The fruit-focused core, depth and complexity is attributed to the morning fog, sunny days and cooling coastal breezes. The hillsides are covered with white chalky soils that allow for drainage, but also encourage a hint of minerality in the flavor and texture. Deep red cherry notes prevail in the aromas followed by tea leaves and gunflint.
Kari Auringer’s passion for Pinot Noir is only rivaled by her quest for unique terroirs that have a sense of place: Typically she looks for ones that render a more lifted aromatic profile due to complex soil minerality and grapes achieving phenolic ripeness, or long hangtime. Completely destemmed Dijon Clone 828, cold-soaked and punched down 3 times daily.
91 points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine