2017 Loring Pinot Noir 'Rancho La Viña Vineyard'
Sta. Rita Hills, California
Rancho La Viña Vineyard is located in the southern valley of the Sta. Rita Hills. It sits on a perfectly situated bench high above the valley floor. As it's exposed to lots of wind, the clusters are very small with tiny berries, which leads to very supple and concentrated wine.
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Clones: 115, 667, 777
Barrel Program: Aged 10 months in French oak (15% new)
Cases Produced: 200
94 points, PinotFile. "Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Seductive aromas of blueberry, blackberry and BBQ spice rub. Long in the mouth and finish with a perfectly ripened core of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit embellished with a dash of spice. Sleek in texture, refined in character, with a strikingly long finish."
93 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Tangy and appealingly rustic aromas of Morello cherry, dark hibiscus and dried sagebrush show on the inviting nose of this single-vineyard expression. There's a welcome herbaceous quality to the palate, which gives depth to the rich cherry flavors, all wrapped in tangy acidity and tense tannins."