2005 Clos Pepe Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 650 cases, $56, sold out. · Dark reddish-purple color. Appealing mix of aromas of black cherries, herbs and a slip of oak. Loamy black cherry and blackberry coulis which is focused and polished. The tannins are suave, the texture is smooth and there is an edginess to the dry and lingering finish. Plenty of Pinot singing here. This wine reminded me of a 2005 Esmonin Hospices de Beaune Mazis Chambertin I drank the night before. The Clos Pepe was every bit as good. Reviewed May 7, 2009

Winery: Clos Pepe Estate
From article: Clos Pepe Vineyards: A Window Into Time and Place