MT 2019 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, California | Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
The 2019 Co^lluvial™ “MT” Pinot bottling is grounded in the majesty of California’s Santa Rita Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area). The fruit is drawn from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. First planted in 1971, this vineyard is home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Santa Barbara County. Named one of the five most important and iconic vineyards in California by Wine Enthusiast, the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is renowned for both its historical significance and the continued quality of the fruit it produces. The vineyard has some of the most complex soils we have been lucky enough to work with. Mostly clay and clay loam, this hillside vineyard is also strewn with pockets of limestone, fracture shale, chert and other sedimentary deposits. This mixture gives the soil great water holding capacity from the clay but breaks up the matrix by aeration and drainage from the stony components.
A complex nose of intermingled flowers, tobacco leaf, and wet earth. On the palate red fruits, cherries, cocoa and spice with a signature S&B vineyard hint of orange rind. This wine packs a lot of complexity with light tannins and long and vibrant mineral finish which will reward cellaring for years to come. Fernando B. Fernandez – Winemaker
“Strong bay leaf and dewy herb aromas decorate the tart pomegranate aromas on the nose of this bottling. The palate surrounds flavors of pomegranate and cranberry, with more forest-herb and an orange-rind element arising by the finish.” 91 Points – Matt Kettmann – Wine Enthusiast
“Savory and sous-bois notes lead the way here, with a mix of blood orange and damson plum fruit following along. Ends with light sandalwood and tea details.” 90 Pts James Molesworth-Wine Spectator
“The restrained essence of cool red pinot fruit is trimmed in pretty spice and floral hints. The delicious and vibrant lighter weight flavors possess good delineation on the reasonably persistent finish. This is a very pretty pinot if a bit light and one that is sufficiently forward such that 2 to 3 years of cellaring should be sufficient.” 88 Pts/2024+ Allen Meadows’ Burghound Issue #87
Lamb Stew with baby carrots. Seared Ahi Tuna with Mediterranean couscous salad. Aged Cheeses.
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