2014 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom's Field, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a very light and elegant Pinot Noir.  For those liking that style, this will be a hit.  For those who like a full throttle wine, this might be found lacking.  Light ruby in color.  The nose has cherries with some depth.  On the palate, great acidity. Bright cherry fruit.  Complex and delicious.  Elegant.  Nice finish.  This should continue to develop for the next ten years or so and drink well for another ten after that.  It will work better with food.  Crab cakes would be a nice match.  

2016 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Pommard Clone, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wile Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

In a recent blind tasting of 10 Santa Barbara Pinots, this was the groups favorite and my #2.  A very impressive showing.  Medium ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries and sour cherries.  On the palate, this is big a fruity but with some depth.  Cherries and sour cherries come thru with a touch of mint.  Lovely texture.  Long finish.  This drinks easy on it own but will also work well with salmon or fowl.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

2013 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$125.00USD

Medium to dark ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries, very clean.  On the palate, this is sweet and jammy cherries.  Easy drinking.  Very big.  A hedonistic style of Pinot Noir.  If one likes that style, this should be right up your alley.  Drink over the next ten years.  This will work well with roasted fowl.  

2012 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Happiness Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Deep ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries and slight menthol.  Medium to full bodied.  Very smooth drinking.  The black cherries come thru to the palate.  Very tasty.  Nice finish.  This is on the lusher style of Pinots.  It should be consumed in the next five to ten years.  A nice match for roasted duck.  

2013 Samsara Pinot Noir Turner Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B

Another disappointing wine from this winery that has since changed ownership and winemakers.  Medium ruby in color.  The nose has cherries and a whiff of bay leaf.  On the palate, this is thin and simple.  Not much body or depth.  Certainly drinkable but for this kind of money (about $50 on release), one expects more.  Drink now.  It probably should be served with lighter salads and with a chill.  

2016 Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a very nice value wine from the Etude Winery.  It retails for about $20 (less in some places) and it very good.  Light to medium ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries with slight saline notes.  On the palate, this has juicy cherry fruit.  A slight salinity carries thru.  Nice finish.  It can be easy to dismiss a wine at this price range, but consumed blind among 10 Santa Barbara Pinots, this finished in the middle of the pack.  It probably should be consumed over the next three to five years.  Nice on its own, it would be a nice match with grilled salmon.  

2014 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$130.00USD

This is a bigger wine.  Deep ruby/purple in color.  The nose has fresh black cherries.  On the palate, cherries and black cherries.  Lots of depth.  Turns slightly bitter on the finish.  Still drinking youthfully.  This should continue to drink well for the next decade.  It drinks well on its own, and will work with heartier fowl or meat dishes.  

 

2014 Samsara Pinot Noir Las Hermanas, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

The Samsara wines in our tasting did not perform well.  I am told that since about 2017, they have new owners and new winemakers, so I look forward to revisiting their wines.  Medium ruby in color.  The nose has cherries with some cinnamon.  On the palate, this has a soft texture.  Cherry candy and red licorice notes.  Not a lot of depth but a glass is tasty.  Shorter finish.  This is drinkable and solid, but no more.  Drink up.  Probably better on its own than with food.  

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