2016 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"Shows touches of elegance to the refined black cherry, dried blueberry and mocha flavors. The spicy finish offers chocolate and raspberry ganache notes. Drink now through 2020. 770 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is soft, fruity and delicious, all of which make it an excellent choice for near and medium-term drinking. Red berry fruit and floral notes are nicely pushed forward. This is a relatively laid back style for the Sta. Rita Hills, where the Pinots often lean towards exuberance." (VM)

"There are three Pinot Noirs from Peake Ranch, all brilliant wines. Black cherries, black raspberries, smoked herbs, and hints of licorice define the bouquet of the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, which is the entry level Pinot Noir of this estate. It's a rich, concentrated, powerful Pinot Noir that has moderate tannins, good acidity, and beautiful upfront charm. Aged 18 months in 62% new French oak, drink it any time over the coming 6-7 years." (JD)

"This wine offers smooth aromas of red cherry, licorice and dried chaparral. It lands effortlessly on the palate, with an elegant yet expressive array of plush strawberry, red plum, sumac and cinnamon flavors." (WE)

Winery Notes:
A compelling example of what can be achieved with Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills, this wine captures the natural balance and complexity of this special appellation. The aromas blend bright cherries and blueberries with a subtle and distinguished earthiness expressed as dried oregano, white pepper and black tea. An engaging, seductive texture is supported with a backbone of French oak and finely- grained tannins.