Las Nenas 2016 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, California
The 2016 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 varying 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 in this elegant bottling.
A gorgeous ruby color in the glass is matched by intense aromatics and an elegant, stylish and smooth texture on the palate. This wine has “Chameleon” like complexity which can certainly become the topic of conversation. Aromas of sage, underbrush, herbs, violets, earth and frankincense combine amazingly with hints of light red cherry and pomegranate. The palate is layered with black cherry, boysenberry, light guava, sandalwood and spice. Balanced and perfectly structured with lively acidity and a lengthy layer of minerality that extends on the back palate. Although the wine will age gracefully, we suggest decanting (aerating) if opening when young.
Tuna Tartare, Sushi or Shrimp & Pork Belly “Banh Mi” Sandwich will create perfect seafood matches to this bottling. Hearty and complex, Co^lluvial™ will stand up perfectly to Pancetta or Lamb Meatballs over couscous.