2016 Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
Radian Vineyard is the westernmost vineyard along Santa Rosa Rd, in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills. Cold nights and a constant marine influence makes this site ideal for expressive and balanced Pinot Noir. In 2016, we identified 3 barrels that set themselves apart and we bottled our second "single-vineyard" Pinot Noir from Radian Vineyard.
Aged 15 months in French oak (15% new) with 15% stem inclusion. While she sure is showy now, expect great things as this wine matures over the next decade.
Cherry-cola, saltwater taffy, and muddled raspberry leap from the glass and are followed by subtle notes of forest floor and warm spices. Graceful yet assertive.
Antonio Galloni - 92 points "Intense earthy and mineral shadings give the 2016 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard a rather somber feel, but there is a good bit of brightness that develops in the glass. Graphite, lavender, rose petal and red berry fruit open up nicely, relaxing the wine." - Santa Barbara Dreamin' (Sept 2018)
Wine Advocate - 92+ points "The 2016 Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir is excellent, offering up complex armoas of orange rind, potpourri, cherry, raspberry and underbrush. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied with an ample core of fruit, good concentration and depth and rich tannins that exhibit a bit more chew than the Spear bottling, segueing into a firmer, drier finish. My suspicion is that this just needs a year or two in bottle to round out." - The Wine Advocate, Issue 236
Jeb Dunnuck - 94 points "The 2016 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard comes from a great vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 15 months in 15% new French oak. Readers looking for a textbook example of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (if such a thing exists) should give this beauty a whirl. Medium ruby-colored and translucent, with a beautiful bouquet of sour cherries, currants, salty minerality, smoked earth, and leafy herbs, it hits the palate with a rich, powerful yet elegant style. It's a beautifully balanced, silky wine that does everything right." - New Realeases from Santa Barbara County (Oct 2018)