2007 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

August 12, 2009 by Sean  
Filed under Destinations, Inspired Posts, Matt Fender

Wine Spectator has just named the 2007 vintage Pinot Noir California’s best ever. What does this mean? Besides price increases across the board, it means you should get your hands on this vintage right away.

The Santa Rita Hills are located in the larger Santa Barbara region of California, about 100 miles North of Los Angeles. The area is one of the state’s premier Pinot Noir districts, garnering an overall rating of 93 points for the 2007 vintage, with many of its wines scoring much higher.

A.P. Vin

95 points

Perhaps the wine with the one of the best values on Wine Spectator’s “recommended list” is the A.P. Vin from Santa Rita Hills. This Pinot scored a staggering 95 points, yet is still selling at the low price of $48 / bottle.

“Superrich, bordering on syrupy, with dense, focused, concentrated plum, blueberry and blackberry fruit that’s thick and persistent, with wonderful length and concentration.”

- James Laube, WS



This 2007 is sure to impress, coming from the respected Melville Santa Rita Hills Estate. Aged in French Oak and gently racked straight into your bottle. It is unrated as of yet, but you can bet it will be scoring well.

With a pretty, dark red-blue hue, this wine opens with lifted fruit punch aromatics of black raspberry, black cherry, fig and watermelon. Spice nuances of pink peppercorns, oolong tea, iron and sesame seed follow. This wine balances the complexity with feminine grace as hints of purple flowers and hibiscus radiate while also yielding to oceanic themes of sand and iodine. These aspects manifest cohesively on the palate bolstering its presence with significant texture and verve.”

The 2007 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noirs experienced a “Goldilocks” year, the weather being not too hot, not too cold, but just right. You can expect your wine to come out much the same way, just right.


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