This limited production wine comes from Estancia’s vineyard in the red-hot Santa Lucia appellation. Like most Pinots from there, it’s a big wine; gutsy with real acidity and tannins, but very ripe fruit. It’s brawny now, but should be smoother in four or five years.
This is a very good Pinot Noir that shows how well the appellation can balance the variety. It has lush cherry, blackberry, tea, cola and cocoa flavors, and a rich, silky texture. Could develop bottle complexity over the next six years.
This vineyard is in the tenderloin of the appellation, where most Pinots cost far more. This is a pretty good wine that needs tinkering; it could be far better. It’s rich in fruit, but is heavy, and could use more finesse.