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Vineyard: Clos Pepe

OwnerStephen Pepe
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
Story28 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,834 cases, $32. Released April 2014. A blend of fruit from John Sebastiano, Clos Pepe and Cargasacchi vineyards. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Oak-kissed blackberry, cassis and vanilla aromas. Vivid and juicy on the palate, with a packed and stacked complement of sweet black cherry and blackberry fruits underlain with a good cut of acidity and backed by modest tannins. Very approachable now. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Liquid Farm “White Hill” Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

13.8% alc., 988 cases, $40. Sourced from Bent Rock (63%), Zotovich, Kessler-Haak, Rita’s Crown, Huber, Radian and Clos Pepe vineyards. Aged 12 months in neutral oak with 18% stainless steel aging. · Pale golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon, pineapple, peach, vanilla cream and ocean air. Highly pleasurable on the palate, with crisp lemon-driven flavor accented with baking spice, vanillin, and acid-driven minerality. Modest in weight with a fresh, citrusladen finish. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Loring Wine Company Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $50, screwcap. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. This is the most seductive and elegant wine in the Loring lineup for 2012. Aromatically enticing with deep aromas of ripe red cherries, sarsaparilla and sandalwood. Very soft in the mouth with elegant tannins. A discreetly concentrated array of dark red fruits quite is pure and vivid. The fruit veers to the ripe side but never crosses over to the dark side. Score: 92. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,014 cases, $32. A blend of fruit from Cargassachi, Clos Pepe and Sebastiano Vineyards. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black raspberries, forest floor, and tobacco oak. Concentrated flavors of fresh black cherries, dark berries, spice, Hoison sauce and complimentary oak. A solid wine with redeeming balance that will have fans. Good (+). Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 196 cases, $54. · Only a third of the grapes harvested from this vineyard made it into this wine. Very modest reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas never show up despite extended swirling in the glass. However, the flavors explode on the palate with intense flavors of black plum, black currant, and exotic brown spice. The fruit really makes an impression and finishes with power and length. Very soft in the mouth with supple tannins. Give this wine some time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Sandler Wine Co. Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of oak-kissed black cherries, brier and a hint of alcohol. Silky smooth on the palate with a moderate heft, offering flavors of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of citrus peel in the background. Mild tannins make for easy drinking now, but best to wait. Much better two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 369 cases, $50. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Rather nondescript nose offering aromas of forest floor and demure dark fruits. Darker fruited on the palate with subtle oak in the background, displaying some very pretty fruit that is still introverted. Nicely crafted and seamless with satisfying finishing acidity, but needs at least a year or two in bottle for full enjoyment. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 270 cases, $46. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Closed for business initially, opening slowly to offer subdued cherry fruit over time. Intensely fruity on the mid palate, flush with black cherries encased in supple tannins. The wine presents a charming elegance and easy drink ability, but the flavor profile is linear and the nose lacks interest. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Clos Pepe Vigneron Select Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $64 (sold out). · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh black cherries with cardamom spice and a hint of toasty oak. Modestly intense flavors of cherries, cranberries and dark red raspberries with a savory note of mushrooms, herbs and a hint of oak. This wine has understated charm with a soft texture, mild tannins and a good cut of acidity on the slightly tart finish. Has the balance to continue to improve in the cellar. Still fine the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Source: www.clospepe.com. The 2010 vintage is available now. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 235 cases, $54. Multiple frost events led to a tiny crop of less than a half ton per acre in some places. · Subdued aromas of dark berries with a hint of smoke. Bright and juicy mineral-laden flavors of red and blue berries. Vibrant and refreshing with a smooth mouth feel and some persistence. A promising wine that is still undeveloped and will require time for full oak integration. More delicate than the 2007 version, but will certainly rival it with more time in the bottle. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Vineyard Vigneron Selection Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $59. Three favorite barrels aged in 66% new French oak. · Noticeably lighter in color than the 2007 version of this wine. Don’t be put off by the color, however, as the wine is well-structured and full-flavored. Oak char is dominating the nose at this stage and underlies the flavor profile as well. Delicious strawberry and cherry flavors peek out which are vivid and satisfying. The tannins are restrained leading to a pleasingly soft mouth feel. Immature and closed, this wine will need at least two years in the cellar. Slightly better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 The Ojai Vineyard Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $37.40. 100% Pommard clone. Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Ojai will be replaced by Arcadian. · A delicate style which is immensely pleasing. Flavorful red strawberries and raspberries framed by bright acidity and gossamer tannins. Minerality is prevalent throughout. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 A.P. Vin Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $40. 100% clone 115. · The nose lacks interest offering primarily aromas of herbal oak and little fruit. Rich, even sappy, blue and black fruits with aggressive rough tannins. A simple, husky wine that may be going through a dumb phase. Decent. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Loring Wine Co Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., $45. Clones 115 and 667. · Bright aromas of dark berries, brown spice and fresh-cut flowers. Riper flavors with an underlying riff of tar and earth framed by bold tannins. Fruit-driven and flashy. Good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Copain Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $50. · The berry aromas are shy but charming. Rich and full-flavored core of lovely plum and blackberry fruits. Harmonious and thirst-quenching, this wine is a perfect marriage of finesse and powerful flavors. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Ken Brown Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $50. 100% Pommard. · Lightest in color of the lineup of wines. Demure aromas of cherries and berries. Well-flavored red and blue fruits with lively acidity on the bright finish. Less tannic and more elegant than past Clos Pepe bottlings from Ken Brown and more to my liking. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Roessler Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $50. · Alluring scents of darker Pinot fruits with hints of herbs and violets. Mouthcoating and persistent flavors of plums and blackberries with round, restrained tannins. A riper style that is well composed. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 241 cases, $50. · The nose offers aromas of dark berries, oak and creosol. Rich and fruit-driven, and somewhat linear. Very smoothly textured with caressing tannins and acidity. Good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 550 cases, $54. 50% 115, 25% 667, 25% 777. Beginning in 2008, Pommard clone will be added to the Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir bottling. · Lovely aromas of fresh-picked berries, plums, grape must, and a hint of mint and floral bouquet. Discreetly concentrated core of mildly sweet red and black fruits, with flavors of sassafras, tea, soy and oak adding interest. A vein of minerality adds to the pleasure. Smoothly textured with some persistence on the finish. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Clos Pepe Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 650 cases, $54. · A marvelous drinking experience beginning with the clean and fruity nose hinting of spice and minerals followed by a delicious, sappy black raspberry and blackberry core that explodes in the mouth and saturates every taste bud. Ridiculous! Modest tannins, deft use of oak and perfectly harmonious. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Clos Pepe Estate “Vigneron’s Select” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 72 cases, $59. A blend of the favorite barrels in the cellar. · As good as the regular 2007 bottling is, this one raises the ante a notch. Really heady aromas of black cherries and raspberries with herbs adding interest in the background. Smooth and seamless pie-filling fruits on the palate, showing a perfect marriage of finesse and power. Plenty of fruit to thrill, beautifully framed by supple tannins and a lively vein of minerality and acidity, culminating in a long and scented finish. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Clos Pepe Estate Clos Pepe Vineyard Vigneron Selection Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 72 cases, $59. A tank bottle (from bottom of tank). Favorite barrels in the cellar. · Off scent and flavor which largely resolves over time revealing shy aromas of black cherries, raspberries and blackberries which carry over in the flavor profile. Soft and smooth in the mouth, with the fruit well caressed by balancing tannins and acidity. Not up to the bottle I sampled in May 2009 which was exceptional. Good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., $65. The only wine in the lineup with significant (100% in this case) stem inclusion. Because the fruit is picked late, the stems raise the acidity to balance the prodigious fruit and tannins. 100% Pommard. · Quite distinctive with a heavily perfumed nose of cut flowers and spice. Plenty of mouth coating sweet red and black fruit augmented by prominent spice flavors. The tannins are restrained and well-integrated. An enjoyable sipping wine. Very good. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Loring Wine Company Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Barrel Sample

Muscular from toe to toe, this is brimming with black cherry, cassis and plum reduction sauce. The wine is still un-evolved and awkward with the core of unctuous fruit outdone by oak and a tannic finish. Reviewed July 23, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 The Ojai Vineyard Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

14.0% alc., $35. From renowned winemaker Adam Tolmach. Clone 76. · Straw yellow color in the glass. The aromas are dominated by oak-derived notes of toast and vanilla which tend to blow off over time exposing the mineral-imbued citrus fruits. Delicious on the palate, soft and smooth, with pleasing flavors of white peaches, lemons and pink grapefruit, leaving a lasting impression on the persistent and high-spirited finish. A high-class wine singing in perfect harmony. Very good. Reviewed August 24, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Clos Pepe Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 700 cases, $56. · The fruit here is on the ripe side, with the wine displaying aromas of black currents and marzipan and flavors of macerated dark berries with a riff of dark chocolate and raisin. Beautifully composed, juicy, vibrant and alive with dusty tannins and a spark of acidity. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Loring Wine Company Clos Pepe Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 800 cases, $45. · This wine has the darkest color of the lineup. The nose is terrific with notes of crushed red cherries, cocoa, and vanillin. After two hours, the nose was more cherry vanilla cola with a hint of alcohol. This Pinot is packed and stacked with fruit with plush black raspberries in the middle and oaked tart cherries at the end. The tannins are under wraps and the texture is downy. Prodigious wine. Reviewed May 7, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Roessler Cellars Clos Pepe Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 175 cases, $45. · Utterly charming aromas of a freshly-baked cherry pie with a hot browned crust. Delicious stone fruits, silky mouth feel, and a clean, scented and lip-smacking finish. Impeccable balance. This wine has the whole package and there is nothing to critique here, just pure, unadulterated drinking pleasure. Brilliantly crafted and one of the best wines from Clos Pepe Vineyard I have ever had. This one has everything you could hope for and some things you didn’t know to ask for. Reviewed March 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 The Ojai Vineyard Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $50. · The nose is pure oak with a hint of alcohol. Robust and extracted dark stone fruits complimented by earth, tar, mushu plum sauce and oak. A faint citrus note lingers in the background and on the finish. The dry tannins are still forbidding. Reviewed January 1, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.9% alc., 264 cases, $56. This 30- acre vineyard is owned and farmed by the Pepe and Hagen families. This wine is sourced from a section of the vineyard planted to Pommard 5 clone. · Intriguing nose of black-fruited jam on toast with a touch of chocolate. Surprisingly light-weighted for a Clos Pepe bottling, the earth-toned dark fruits are softly textured and encased in silky tannins. A hint of alcohol peaks out on the start and dry finish but is not obtrusive. Reviewed October 1, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Clos Pepe Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 650 cases, $56, sold out. · Dark reddish-purple color. Appealing mix of aromas of black cherries, herbs and a slip of oak. Loamy black cherry and blackberry coulis which is focused and polished. The tannins are suave, the texture is smooth and there is an edginess to the dry and lingering finish. Plenty of Pinot singing here. This wine reminded me of a 2005 Esmonin Hospices de Beaune Mazis Chambertin I drank the night before. The Clos Pepe was every bit as good. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Brewer-Clifton Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., 504 cases. · The lightest in color of the 2004 Pinot Noirs tasted. Very attractive aromatics featuring crushed black cherries, red berries and spice. Very ripe fruit flavors tending toward raisin. Smoothly textured with a moderate tannic backbone. Reviewed October 1, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Vino V Wines Confundido Santa Barbara County Red Wine

14.5% alc., 50 cases. A blend of Grenache (50%) from Vogelzang Vineyard, Pinot Noir (25%) from Clos Pepe Vineyard, and Syrah (25%) from White Hawk Vineyard. · I don't have any reference point for this unusual blend but I can say it is well crafted. A little good barnyard shows up in the nose. Less fat on the palate than the other two 2004 vintage wines from Vino V. Finishes nicely with zingy fruit. Decent. Reviewed September 5, 2006 WINERY »

2004 Vino V Wines Clos Pepe Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 70 cases, $43. Aged 19 months in 33% new French oak. · Clos Pepe grapes can produce decadent Pinot Noir and this one is no exception. Dark purple in color, this wine offers a plush nose of dark fruits, tea and earth with a hint of alcohol. A tasty and hedonistic style of Pinot Noir with layers of sweet fruit. Reviewed September 5, 2006 WINERY »

2004 Clos Pepe Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

A masculine and firm wine with concentrated fruit and notable oak and tannins. What some might call “power to thrill,” the wine is generous and fruity rather than complex. The lingering finish is tinged by some heat. Aging will mellow this wine. Reviewed July 23, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Ken Brown Wines Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

I have sampled this on several occasions when young. As Ken said, the wine “drank like a Cab, but oh what a ride!” However, with a few years of age, the wine now showed more restraint and polish. The rough edges had disappeared, the tannins had softened, and the aromatics were more bright and persistent. It is still a hulk of a wine, but more calm and well-behaved.. Reviewed July 23, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Ken Brown Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 122 cases, $45. Initially this was a very intense and heady wine resulting from scant yields (1 ton per acre) and the typically robust fruit from this vineyard. · A few years in the cellar has tamed the beast. Dark ruby in color. Complex aromatics of dark fruits, freshly baked cookies, toast and smoke. Darker Pinot fruits carry the theme to a lengthy and tangy finish. Silky in texture with gossamer tannins. An argument for aging Pinot Noir a few years before popping the cork. The website is www.kenbrownwines.com. Reviewed --/--/-- WINERY »

2003 Ken Brown Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 122 cases, $45. Initially this was a very intense and heady wine resulting from scant yields (1 ton per acre) and the typically robust fruit from this vineyard. · A few years in the cellar has tamed the beast. Dark ruby in color. Complex aromatics of dark fruits, freshly baked cookies, toast and smoke. Darker Pinot fruits carry the theme to a lengthy and tangy finish. Silky in texture with gossamer tannins. An argument for aging Pinot Noir a few years before popping the cork. Reviewed November 20, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »