If this is the future of cool-climate Burgundian varietals, I’m all for it.
This fascinating wine from the Santa Maria Valley is a beguiling expression of pinot noir, with tea notes, spice, and a saline quality that’s typical of the region’s sandy soil, and the seductive fruit of cherries and wild raspberry. Sophisticated and silky, it has a long finish that will leave you wanting that next sip.
Forget the BBQ tri-tip and pop this when you’re enjoying beef Bourguignon — it deserves something a bit more dressed up to match its elegance. At $62, it’s not cheap, but some evenings are worth it. Here’s to winemaker Dieter Cronje and his team for this gem.