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.

$18.00

(23 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Lot 564 2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

Lot 564 | 2016 Santa Cruz Mountains

Pinot Noir

$18.00

(23 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

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.

  • Vintage
  • 2016
  • Appellation
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Grape
  • Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 14.1%
  • Cases Produced
  • Drink/hold
  • Now through 2028
  • Release Email
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.

Reviews

23 Reviews Total

Randy

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Light and dry and easy on the palate. Very drinkable. Went great with Sushi.

#564

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This Pinot really opened up and just got better and better. Initially it didn't even taste like any other wine we had ever tried (and maybe not really a good thing) and then it just blossomed. By the end of the bottle, I wanted more but alas, we were out!

Joe

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A little young but very drinkable.

Wino60

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This is still extremely young and could use more time in the bottle. Shows promise with some nice earthy tones and silky texture.

Pete

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Worth drinking..fun

EdR

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This was really a very nice wine. Lovely nose, nice fruit. Reminded me of a French Pinot. Drinking beautifully now but will get better with time. I went to order more today but it was sold out. RATS!
Best Pinot in a long time from CH!

CM

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More fruit than I expected, but nice. Reminded me of a Spanish Mencia.

Disapointed

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Not unlike Lot 544 2014 Sonoma Valley Syrah, this is a way young wine...literally! It will clean the tartar of your teeth at this point in its young life. Again, given all the hype, I sure hope cellaring benefits this juice.

pn

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There are some really great Pinot Noir's that come out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is not one of those. Maybe it needs to rest for a couple of years.
Its drinkable but I don't love it.

Paddy Wagon

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The review given was a perfect description enjoyed my first six so much we purchased another case. We are new to wine and rarely buy more than six of anything let alone 18. Great wine at a reasonable price.