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SAMSARA PINOT NOIR, LAS HERMANAS VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2013
Bold, rich and explosive, the 2013 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas Vineyard is a classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot built on exuberant fruit and a real sense of flamboyance. The 50% whole clusters are nearly buried. Lavender, violet, cloves, new leather and licorice wrap around a core of blue/purplish-hued fruits. Even with all of its overtness, the 2013 retains striking freshness.
Showing more masculine notes of peppery herbs, underbrush, smoked dark fruits and licorice, the 2013 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas (50% stems and 20 months in 30% new French oak) is rich and meaty on the palate, with plenty of fine tannin showing on the finish. I like its overall balance and purity, and it should be even better this time next year. Drink Date 2017 - 2023
NVWE Notes: Deeply fruity-spicy and forthcoming, the nose of this juicy bottling frames scents of sour cherry, red plum, blueberry, blood orange, yellow rose, pink peppercorn, white chocolate, coriander and a bit of lavender into a seductive if almost brash presentation. The impression of youthful brightness is just as notable on the palate, where blueberry and orange zest flavors take the early lead. The finish is extremely long and already very satisfying. Airing brings forth all the spiciness promised in the nose while the texture grows more elegant, which suggests that the wine may show a more feminine personality given some cellar-time. Expect at least three years of improvement. 210 cases produced.