2015 Samsara Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1431475 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Sta Hills is a winner. Ripe black cherries, raspberries, ground herbs, pepper, and earthy notes all flow to a beautifully layered, textured Pinot Noir that has nicely integrated acidity, loads of upfront charm, and a great finish. Aged 22 months in 25% new French oak, drink it any time over the coming 8-10 years. Drink through 2028.  (10/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is pale to medium ruby with a very pretty nose of gravel dust, rosewater, potpourri, tangerine peel and autumn leaves over a core of concentrated ripe red and black cherries and berries plus hints of cinnamon and rhubarb. Light to medium-bodied and very silky, it offers quietly intense fruits in the mouth with lovely layers of spice. It's knit with gentle, grainy tannins and juicy acidity and finishes long and nuanced. This is a stunner and one of the best Sta. Rita Hills appellation Pinots I've tried. (EB)  (9/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very fresh and snappy aromas of black raspberry are lifted by elegant touches of red flowers, mace and a loamy minerality on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate shows focused red-fruit flavors of cranberry and pomegranate, yet with an earthy, dusty core. (MK)  (10/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2019 | Send Email
I love this style of Pinot Noir. Lifted aromatics with Asian spices and bramble leaf. Wonderfully bright, focused red berry fruits. Mid-weight with a silky, elegant texture. Everything is beautifully poised with immaculate balance. Very polished, classy stuff, especially at this low price point.
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By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
I really enjoy this Pinot Noir, it has wonderful aromas of rose petals and raspberries. This wine tastes like cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, with a rich texture and spicy finish with earthy undertones.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This is a fun and high-toned Pinot Noir with bold spice, bright red fruit, a little forest floor, and some floral notes. The palate has great structure and acidity, with bramble berries, rose petal, and fresh black pepper.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1