February 17, 2020

2013 Three Sticks The James Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.64, 615 cases, $60. Sourced from Burning Creek, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict vineyards. 5-day cold soak, fermentation in open top fermenters, aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wine needed two days after opening to really show its stuff. Wonderfully fragrant with scents of red cherry, baking spices and sandalwood. The core of red and purple berry fruits is uplifted with a quenching cut of acidity that brings a vibrancy to the wine. The tannins are soft, the mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the finish is refreshing. A wine lover’s wine that will show best with decanting or another year or two in the cellar. Score: 92. Reviewed July 12, 2015

Winery: Three Sticks Wines
From article: Many Very Good to Extraordinary California Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently