Somehow the John Sebastiano Vineyard has moved from one of the newer, high quality vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation to one of the standard bearers of the region. Odd how that happens with the passage of time. Sitting on the eastern edge of the AVA this vineyard is a bit warmer than other parts of the Sta. Rita Hills, but it is also more affected by the wind than some other parts of the area. That is because it is situated on some incredibly steep slopes that face directly west and directly into the winds that stream in from the Pacific Ocean. These winds and steep slopes produce stressed vines and smaller, more concentrated berries leading to wines of great depth and concentration. In 2016s earlier ripening vintage, we found that the sections nearer the back of the property did the best. These sections ripen later (still early in 2016, but later than some) and this additional time on the vines seemed to make for a more interesting wine. As always, the John Sebastiano Pinot Noir shows great weight and concentration. It also has a unique, slightly herbal edge. Good acidity and some tannins lead one to think this wine should age well, but it tastes great right now, so don’t hesitate to open a bottle.