Delightful minerality accents the bright cherries, red currant, and baking spices in the ruby red Pinot Noir. Cardamom lingers on the midpalate with lavender and star anise. The finish is refined and filled with lovely, sandalwood hints. This is an easy and enjoyable staple to pair with good meals and great company.
Moving to the reds, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Estate comes mostly from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and was brought up in 25% new French oak. Impressive mulled cherries, black tea, spice, and forest floor notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with a supple, elegant texture, no hard edges, and a great finish.