Lot 564 2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

Lot 564
2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

A liquid silk Pinot Noir - our first ever release from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and an absolute stunner.
$18
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Beautiful to behold in the glass, with a deep ruby red color and a vibrant purple rim like fresh squeezed beet juice. It leaps from the glass with ripe cherry and rhubarb notes, powdery rose petal florals, and milk chocolate oak notes that open up to reveal an uber-fresh nose of red fruit, earthy wet clay, pepper and rose petal. The initial chocolatey punch from the 35% new French oak gradually fades from the scene, leaving behind only pure fruit and earth. However, the super silky entry and perfectly balanced palate are the real stars here, and underscore the terrific winemaking and deft touch on display here. While there’s plenty of stuffing and structure here, its ridiculously well integrated, and the emerging complexity is very compelling. My wife, myself and a friend polished off a bottle in about 20 minutes last night - that it's drinking beautifully already portends well for the future.

Style: Medium, Smooth

Flavors: Cherry, Strawberry

Cam Confidential

Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
"Once again, I came away deeply impressed with the wines I tasted during my annual visit to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rugged hillside sites and an extraordinary range of microclimates confer tremendous personality to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and red Bordeaux varieties. There is little doubt the finest Santa Cruz Mountains wines are world-class in every way."

A relatively rare, yet absolutely delicious Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir. Encompassing half a million acres, the region only has about 1300 planted acres in total, with only about 300 acres planted to Pinot. Much of the area is perfect for the varietal but also chock full of old-growth redwoods and NIMBY hippies, so getting vineyard projects approved is a bit of a challenge. Lot 564 is our first ever release from this region, and I am quite thrilled (not to mention proud) of this wine. Peeled off directly from the winery's bottling (which sells upwards of $40), it’s an exceptional value at $18/bottle.

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