2014 Sandhi La Côte Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., 99 cases, $90. This 9-acre vineyard was originally called Evening Land Tempest. It is located on the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA 3 miles west of other vineyard sites. This magical site produces very low yields and is extremely cool. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Nicely appointed whole cluster infused nose with aromas of cherry, spice, rose petal, pipe smoke and burnt tobacco. Mid weight flavors of cherry, cranberry, orange peel and tobacco are framed by mellow tannins. A slight thread of wood and green herbs is noted in the background. The slightly tart, lipsmacking finish has good length. For whole cluster aficionados only. Score: 90. Reviewed May 7, 2017

Winery: Sandhi Wines
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines