Las Nenas 2014 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, California
The 2014 Co^lluvial™ “Las Nenas” Pinot bottling is grounded in the majesty of California’s Santa Rita Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area). The fruit is drawn from the John Sebastiano and La Encantada Vineyards. John Sebastiano, tucked into the far eastern edge of the appellation, is one of California’s rising stars. The wines from this area tend to be darker, heavier with rich fruits. They can also possess a certain level of minerality, along with wonderful balancing acidity. Soils are clay-loam underlaid by limestone and vary greatly in depth due to the nature of the slope and swales. La Encantada, Vineyard, originally planted and owned by Richard Sanford, is mostly planted to Pinot Noir on the westernmost edge of the AVA and is one of the coolest sites in the appellation. Soils are a combination of clay, loam, shale and sand, which I believe contribute to the mineral notes on this elegant bottling.
A gorgeous ruby color in the glass is matched by pretty aromatics and an elegant, stylish and smooth texture in the palate. Bright, luscious aromas of tart red cherry and hints of black raspberry are accented by a touch of dried purple flowers as well as some pleasant earthy undertones. Balanced with lively acidity and a lengthy layer of minerality that extends on the back palate. Although the wine will age gracefully, we suggest decanting (aeration) if you are opening when young.
Tuna Tartare, Sushi and Salmon with Wild Mushrooms will create perfect seafood matches to this bottling. In the hearty complex Co^lluvial™ will stand up perfectly to Pork Loin with Cranberry Purée or Lamb Chops with Mushroom Risotto.