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Pinot Noir

Offering immediate drinking pleasure without sacrificing the complexity and nuance that makes this grape so compelling. A wine brimming with seductive fruit alluring aromas and supple tannins. The consummate overachiever.


  • Sta. Rita Hills
  • Aged in French oak (35% new and 65% neutral) for 11 months. Coopers include D&J, Francois Frères, and Remond.
  • Bottled Unfined and Unfiltered
  • Cases Produced 2024
  • 89 Points Antonio Galloni Vinous September 2018
  • 91 Points Jeb Dunnuck jebdunnuck.com October 2018

Winemaker's Notes: Completely seductive wine. Nose of blackberries and rosemary. Succulent and sweet red fruit. Savory notes and mouth coating tannins round out this harmonious and complete pinot noir.

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  • Sta. Rita Hills
  • Aged in French oak (35% new and 65% neutral) for 11 months. Coopers include D&J, Francois Frères, and Remond.
  • Bottled Unfined and Unfiltered
  • 1250 Cases Produced

Winemaker's Notes: Completely seductive wine. Nose of blackberries and rosemary. Succulent and sweet red fruit. Savory notes and mouth coating tannins round out this harmonious and complete pinot noir.

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  • Santa Barbara County
  • Aged in French oak (35% new and 65% neutral) for 11 months. Coopers include D&J, Francois Frères, and Remond.
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 1,822 Cases Produced

Winemaker's Notes: Smokey, herbal and resinous with perfumed red fruit. Sandalwood and black tea. Black plums and Chinese five spice. Green peppercorn. Elegant and understated on palate with savory notes and bright cherry. Finishes long. Subtle notes of dried strawberry linger on the finish with gentle tannins. The most elegant and fine Paring Pinot Noir to date; a wine to enjoy today with roast chicken and fingerling potatoes…or any f ood t o be hones t.

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  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Aged in French oak (35% new and 65% neutral) for 11 months
  • Coopers include D&J, Francois Frères, and Remond
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 1500 cases produced

Winemaker's Notes: Floral and perfumed nose of roses and fresh strawberries. Underlying the brightness on the nose, is a wine of earthy power and complexity; the perfect combination for pinot noir. Ripe raspberry fruit and hibiscus tea on the velvet palate along with subtle smoke, anise and pepper spice. Fine, dusty tannins and freshness from vibrant acidity on the finish. A wine that speaks volumes about the bright sunshine of the vint age and the deep r oots of our matur e vines.

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  • 89 Points Review by Jeb Dunnuck | The Wine Advocate #214 | August 2014

Winemaker's Notes: Showcases the perfect ripeness of the classic 2012 vintage. Aromas of black cherry, balsamic-fig jam, dried strawberry and sweet tobacco. Earthy and herbal notes of dried sage and morel mushrooms appear with time in glass. Bright and generous red fruit dominates the velvety and rich mid palate. The overall feel is one of plush fruit with hints of smoke-driven old vine complexity and charming, dusty tannin. A soft, refined and eminently drinkable Paring Pinot Noir. A stunner.

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Winemaker's Notes: Displays the cool, long growing season to perfection. Essence of candied cherries and cigar tobacco. A perfumed nose of exotic spices and black tea. Heady and vivid notes of rose petals, leaf litter, fresh clean earth and black pepper. Its balance between a distinct vinous note and the deep vein of fruit is so inviting. Ripe fruit on the palate, but also very light and vibrant. Lingering acidity and subtle tannins leave an ending impression of elegance and charm. Utterly drinkable at this stage. My favorite Paring Pinot Noir to date. All that is good about the combination of old vines and Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir.

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Winemaker's Notes: There's a strong statement from the old vines in this wine. First, all things black: black plum, black cherry, black pepper, black olive and black tea. Then all things from the earth: wet soil, mushroom, leaf underbrush, pine needles and beet root. Smoked meat, campfire notes and a minty freshness. Complex and ever changing nose that usually shows its brooding side, occasionally flirts with a floral aspect but always begs to be paired with food. Bright red cherry and dark plum intertwine on the attack with strong elements of spice and smoke. From there the earth-driven notes add a touch of dusty tannin that slowly resolves into a fruit-laden finish. A fascinating ride through the dark side of pinot noir courtesy of the deep-rooted and wise, old vines.

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Winemaker's Notes: Aromatically, the 2009 Paring pinot noir has a savory/sweet balance of complex resin notes—underbrush, pine forest, cedar, incense—alongside a healthy dollop of black cherry and raspberry. Then, as a nod to the wine’s cool, windy climate, a black pepper note emerges. The palate is round and supple, yet focused with a solid core of ripe red fruit and spice. Background notes of mineral, smoke and sea brine represent the gifts of age from the older vines. Bright red fruit and the signature Sta. Rita Hills acidity maintain a delicate balance and great length in the wine.

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Winemaker's Notes: The 2008 exhibits the haunting earthiness that only old vines can produce. Classic Pinot Noir nose of brambles, cherry and spice combined with exotic and brooding aromas of black fruit, smoke, tapenade, grilled meat and sanguine notes. Earth, chanterelles and forest floor. The aromas of a mushroom hunt. Bright red cherry and raspberry with a velvet texture. Pure red fruit on the palate. Intense concentration and power, combined with an elegant side and a finish that introduces more smoke, vinous notes and earthiness.

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Winemaker's Notes: The 2007 Pinot Noir expresses the great purity that can be achieved from young Santa Rita Hills fruit. A dizzying array of dark chocolate, cake batter, black licorice, lifted black cherry, plums, black pepper, thyme and cured meats. Floral and perfumed. Velvet fruit on the entry. Plum skin. Bright red fruit and spice dominate on the palate. Pure cherry lingers on the finish.

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