2016 Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir
About This Wine
We source fruit from 3 different sections of Clos Pepe, two of them are planted to 115 clone with one section planted to Pommard. While this clonal difference is interesting, the most fascinating aspect is the location of the grapes within the vineyard, with the 115 clone being the earliest ripening section and, also, the latest ripening section. This combination of earlier, middle, and later ripening sections makes for a far more interesting wine with different sections doing better in some years than others. The 2016 vintage was a year where the lower 115 section and the Pommard section performed incredibly well, and they make up a good part of the blend. The more we taste the Clos Pepe Pinot Noir in blind tastings, the more the class of this site shines through. There are bigger SRH Pinots and there are more flashy, newer vineyards in the region, but for pure quality I don’t know of a better source of grapes in the entire region.