2016 WALT Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir - Clos Pepe Vineyard
"From a great site on the southern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2016 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe has a great perfume of sweet red fruits, toasted spices, menthol, and candied orange peel. Complex, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, yet always with a sense of elegance, drink it any time over the coming decade."
92 Points | Wine Spectator, Kim Marcus
"Powerfully structured, with concentrated dark plum, mulled cherry and dried berry flavors that are supported by firm acidity and fresh tannins. Cedar and spice notes show on the finish..."
Central Coast AVA
Roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California
from Santa Barbara County to San Francisco County
Sta. Rita Hills
Follows a clearly defined maritime “throat” that
ushers in the Pacific fog and constant cooling breezes.
Sandy Loam Soils
Cause vines to produce grapes with powerful varietal
Dark garnet in color, the 2016 Clos Pepe has bright cherry aromas, with a hint of darker berry fruit. There is well integrated oak - just subtly spicy and warm, but not overwhelming the vineyard character. The palate opens up beautifully and is full and lush with bright minerality on the finish - a distinguishing characteristic of the Clos Pepe site.
The iconic Clos Pepe vineyard is situated in a cool enclave within the Sta. Rita Hills. The prevailing winds coming from the Pacific slow the ripening of these vines, allowing for saturated flavors to accumulate throughout the decidedly long growing season.