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2016 La Vida Bella Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 La Vida Bella Vineyard Pinot Noir

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La Vida Bella is a classic expression of the Corralitos region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The cool climate and sandy soils produce beautifully pure Pinot Noir with bright red fruit and soft silky tannins. This wine is always one of the more accessible Pinot Noirs we produce.

The La Vida Bella vineyard is located above the floor of the Pleasant Valley area of Corralitos. Joe Quink and Pam Minnis' site features a large swale on the northern section of the vineyard with some of the steepest terrain in the area. We think this is classic "Corralitos" Pinot, has a great mix of red and blue fruit, spice and the velvety tannin we have come to know and love from wines farmed in this region.
Production Notes
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.
Technical Data
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol %
Other Notes
The 2016 Pinot Noir La Vida Bella Vineyard is a new wine in the range. Pliant and open-knit, but with striking energy, the Vida Bella is super-expressive. Sweet red cherry, mint and blood orange all develop in this finely sketched, nuanced Pinot. The 33% whole clusters add attractive aromatic top notes without being overly dominant. - 93 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous