2016 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir - Côtière Wine
Spiced cherry, dried lavender, warm boysenberry. Juicy raspberry, smoked sea salt, cranberry compote. Chopped fennel and anise, undergrowth and dense woods. An intense almost brooding fruit profile led by reduced pomegranate and red plum booms brashly through wet leaves, earthy spice, and ash. Deep yet weightless with pronounced concentration offset by tastefully incorporated stems and salinity. Very young and currently working towards integration. This 2016 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir by Côtière Wine tense, serious, and fierce Pinot from one of Santa Barbara's greatest vineyards.
The La Encantada Vineyard sits just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. In total it is a 250 acre property that boasts 100 acres of vineyards. Fruit from these vines has been used to create some of the greatest cool-climate wines in the region and is utilized by many of Santa Barbara's most well-known producers. This bottling, crafted by Côtière Wine using Pinot Noir from La Encantada, is another fascinating example of what this site can produce. It exhibits notes of robust dark red fruit along with earthy forest tones typical of this vineyard which are further amplified by selective whole cluster inclusion. This wine also possesses a unique smokey component reminiscent of cedar or oak char. Broad shouldered and well-built, this wine would certainly benefit from a few years of rest in the cellar. Winemaker Kevin Law has taken fruit from this legendary vineyard and given it his own twist in a wine that we certainly enjoyed experiencing.