2018 Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir
Cienega Valley, California
100% Pinot Noir from Eden Rift’s estate vineyards in the Cienega Valley, just south of Hollister along the San Dreas faultline. Comprised of Dijon clones 115, 828, & 777 and block-specific conditions. Vinification includes 30% whole cluster fermentation on native yeasts. Aged 10 months in French oak (30% new), the wine is focused, age-worthy and provides the ultimate “sense of place”. Showing both red-tone and dark fruits, the bouquet features notes of spiced cranberry, wild blackberry, black cherry as well as pomegranate, violets, black tea and chalk-like, minerals notes. Found in the recesses, aromas of cherry pit, vanilla-cream and berry pie. Medium weight, with wonderful texture and a great mix of ripe fruit and earthiness. Drink now or hold until 2030.
95 points, James Suckling. "A layered and fine-grained pinot with strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Flint and some cranberry and watermelon, too. Pure. Medium to full body, bright acidity and light asphalt to the strawberry and raspberry undertones. Drink or hold."