2016 Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Pinot Noir

Clos Pepe Vineyard
Sta Rita Hills
Blue Fruits, Dried Herbs
$65.00
750 ml
$52.00 for Club Babylon Members
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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.

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