2018 Loring Pinot Noir ‘Peake Ranch Vineyard’
Sta. Rita Hills, California
Located on the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA on Santa Rosa Road, Peake Ranch is a 105-acre parcel with 50 acres of vines. The plantings include seven different clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay and two each of Syrah and Grenache. The plantings are all along a hill that covers most of the ranch, exposing the vines to the cool air that comes off the Pacific and into the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of North, South, East and West facing slopes coupled with the exposure to varying degrees of the cool wind give the vineyard a diversity of fruit flavor profiles that is unique for a ranch of its size.
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Clones: 115, Calera, 777
Barrel Program: Aged 10 months in French oak (one and two year old barrels)
Cases Produced: 200
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck. "Blackberries, mulberries, violets, Asian spices, and ample salty minerality emerge from the 2018 Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard. It's a classic, textbook Sta. Rita Hills effort that has medium body, ripe, polished tannins, and plenty of savoriness and earthiness on the finish."
94 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Crisp and tart black-raspberry aromas pair with star anise, ginger snaps and the light touch of oak on the nose of this bottling. The sip is both snappy and opulent, with raspberry-cream and alpine-strawberry flavors riding a sharp acidity, and fresh hibiscus that lingers into the finish."