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2021 La Vida Bella Vineyard Pinot Noir

2021 La Vida Bella Vineyard Pinot Noir

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The La Vida Bella Vineyard is located above the floor of the Pleasant Valley area of Corralitos. At 600 feet in elevation and three miles from the ocean there is a very strong maritime effect on this vineyard. 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.
Winemaker Notes
The 2021 vintage was a welcome change from the catastrophe of 2020, which saw devastating fires throughout the region. Sugar and acidity levels tracked well and while crop size was shorter than we would prefer, we were able to harvest perfectly ripened fruit at a reasonable pace. The resulting wines have excellent balance and intensity. In comparison to our most recent vintages, there are some similarities to 2019 in that the wines possess great elegance and site specificity.
Technical Data
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
Vineyard Designation
La Vida Bella Vineyard Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
Other Notes
The 2021 Pinot Noir La Vida Bella Vineyard is another stellar wine in this range. Dried herbs, tobacco, cedar, mint and crushed flowers lend notable complexity to this mid-weight, savory pinot. - 93 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous