2016 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :


"This stretches out nicely, with savory accents to the dried berry and cherry flavors. Medium-grained tannins show on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2021. 384 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2016 Bellis Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, is another striking wine from Peake Ranch. Fleshy, flavorful and super-expressive, the 2016 has much to offer. The combination of Grenache aromatics and Syrah structure works very well here." (VM)

"Lastly, the medium ruby-colored 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard boasts a darker, earthier style as well as notes of red, black, and blue fruits, leafy herbs, forest floor, and spice. Prettier and more elegant on the palate, with a seamless texture and fine tannins, it’s another world class Pinot Noir from winemaker Paul Lato. This cuvée spent 18 months in 36% new French oak, and while approachable today, it will keep for 8-10 years." (JD)

"Baked cherry, wet river stone, vanilla and an array of baking spices show on the complex and rich nose of this bottling by the winery that owns this popular vineyard. There is a nice plum-skin tang to the tip of the sip, with clove spice arising atop the refreshing acidity." (WE)

Winery Notes:
From a windy site of the eastern slope of the Santa Rita Hills, we have produced a Pinot Noir that embodies power, structure and concentration at it’s core. Intensely fruit forward with predominantly blueberry and black cherry notes. Graham cracker, fresh cut herbs, rose and toffee hints are also discernible. The fruit lingers into the strong palate, finishing beautifully with soft oak tannin. Winemaker Paul Lato has once again crafted a classically-styled Pinot Noir from John Sebastiano Vineyard, whose stately fruit provides lively, delicious early enjoyment. Those of you with patience, however, will find it will reveal additional complexities with a few years of cellaring.