Monday, June 11, 2007

Santa Barbara Winery 2005 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

The grapes for this wine comes from Lafond Vineyard and Arita Hills Vineyard, located in Santa Rita Hills. It was aged in French and Hungarian oak, 18% new oak.
The dark ruby red color with a hint of purple, has a touch of cloudiness in the glass. It expresses a meaty, toasty nose with red cherry and raspberry. On the palate the red cherry returns with black raspberry, cranberry, and a hint of oak. This wine is a little bit thin on the palate, and is made in a slightly elegant style, with decent acidity and medium firm tannins. The finish is medium long with fruit and berries, and the lingering impact of the tannins.

Considering the price this is a pretty ok bottle, but nothing outstanding. I paid $19 at sale at my local grocery store. You can find it at from $15.99, and the winery sells it at its web site for $22.
Worth a try but do not expect anything extra ordinary.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happy B-Day Ms. Victoria and may all your birthday wishes come true..
We can't wait to see you on the food and wine network.

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