95 Points -
"The 2018 Pinot Noir Truly Rita comes all from the Dierberg-Drum Canyon Vineyard and was aged in just 14% new French oak. Its deeper ruby hue is followed by a richer, medium to full-bodied, stunning Pinot Noir that offers ample black raspberry and redcurrants fruit as well as forest floor, black tea, sappy flowers, and a kiss of salty, mineral-like nuances on the palate. I love this and it's balanced, brings ample texture, and has a good spine of acidity as well as a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 2021
Aromas of wild cherry, crushed violets, and a Rooibos tea-like note of earth and spice, complement the notes of salinity and ripe cherry. With polished tannin and a lengthy finish, this very elegant wine shows the beauty of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
2018: 93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jan 2021
2018: 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020
2017: 95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2020
2017: 93 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb 2020
2016: 94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019
2016: 93 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb 2019
Vineyard & Vintage Character
Fruit for our Truly Rita Pinot Noir comes from the well-respected Dierberg – Drum Canyon site. This vineyard is on a steep slope facing the Pacific Ocean and is influenced by the cool ocean breezes every day. Our blocks are planted to three selections: Swan, Calera, and Dijon 115. The well-drained and calcium-rich soils, combined with the cool climate produces a wine that is very graceful but with powerful underlying texture.
Oak: 100% French oak, 14% new
Time in oak: 17 months
Cases produced: 168