Sta. Rita Hills

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Wow! This wine has a fabulous aroma that is very showy right now. It reminds me of a walk in our hills just after a rain, with scents of damp earth, sage, and thyme. Unlike all of the earlier vintages that we produced from Fe Ciega, this one is easy going, with gentle, savory cranberry and blueberry flavors. When a bottle of this wine is left open for a few days, it remains fresh but tightens up a bit, and the wine shows its tannin more clearly, which tells me that, despite its precociousness, it has a long life ahead. As always, our best pinot noir.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir | Alcohol: 14.0% | Vinification: 30% New French Oak | Barrel Aging: 14 Months | Total Production: 220 cases

Press Reviews

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

“Bright red. Musky cherry and dark berries on the nose, with complicating scents of tobacco and spicecake. Stains the palate with spicy red and dark berry flavors, braced by a spine of nervy minerality. Turns fresher and more energetic with air and finishes with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. Already complex enough to drink but built to age.” – JR 93 Points

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Also impressive is the 2007 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega, which has loads of sassafras, damp earth, sweet and sour cherries, and raspberries. The texture is lush and the wine medium to full-bodied, with excellent purity and length. ” -RP 90 Points