2013 Pinot Noir
This is a garnet colored wine with enticing aromas of cherry cola, raspberry, floral-violet, and earthy attributes. The aromas also exudes hints of cracked pepper, tobacco, and vanilla. The fresh taste is refined and elegant, yet playful with flavors
of brambleberry, cranberry, gooseberry and pomegranate. Medium-bodied with a voluptuous, velvety and silky texture. Balance in this wine is expressed beautifully in the rounded tannins, medium acidity, and mouthfeel that dances on your palate rather than overpowering it. The cool growing region and marine influence highlight the majestic charm of this wine with an elegant, lengthy finish.
92 SCORE – Terroirist.com, May 2016
91 SCORE – Wine Enthusiast, October 2016
90 SCORE – The Wine Advocate, August 2016
GOLD STAR – Santé, May 2016
Estate Oak Club $55.25 /bottle Reserve Oak Club $52.00 /bottle
The vintage of 2013 proved to be the highest quality vintage thus far for Kitá Wines. It’s amazing to see two consecutive vintages of amazing quality and a second year of ideal growing conditions. Yields were back to normal after the high-yielding vintage of 2012. We saw great weather conditions during the growing season and a balanced crop load which led to an outstanding vintage. The moderate weather conditions put little pressure on the vines and produced grapes with well-balanced chemistries. Although the harvest was compressed with everything ripening at once, the consecutive dry year produced low to average yields with smaller berries. The high skin-to-juice ratios produced more intense colors and flavors. The wines in barrel showed great richness, depth, and balance in their infancy which proved to show signs of an excellent vintage.
Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is located on the cool slopes near the western boundary of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. It is comprised of 15.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 5.3 acres of Chardonnay. The climate is defined by a cool and windy maritime influence, allowing the vines an extended growing season. The soil is comprised of sandy silt, which allows for fast drainage and ultimately, more complex flavors. The vineyard prides itself in being Sustainable in Practice (SIP), while maintaining the vineyard’s health and productivity.
The smooth, velvety tannins and elegant aromatic profile of this Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills lends itself to many proteins ranging from oven-baked salmon filets to feathered game-like duck breast with a citrus glaze. The earthy characters in this wine also make it match well with mushroom dishes and truffle oils.