2017 Ashley's Pinot Noir
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2017 Ashley's Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills
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"I loved the 2017 Pinot Noir Ashley's, a wonderfully complex, balanced, nuanced effort that offers loads of character...it offers classic notes of black raspberries, currants, ground herbs, forest floor, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, with plenty of ripe tannins, it's a layered, complex Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years." ~ Jeb Dunnuck

"Aromas of black plum, sage, violet and a hint of tar combine for a dynamic and intriguing nose in this single-vineyard expression. Violets and lavender are prominent on the deftly balanced palate, with a pleasing plum flavor and a salt-and-pepper finish." ~ Wine Enthusiast 

"Dark cherry, plum, cola, mint and cloves all run through the 2017 Pinot Noir Ashley's. Plum and juicy, with tons of voluptuous richness, the Ashley's is a classic expression of the richer side of the Sta. Rita Hills. Soft curves and silky tannins add to the wine's overt, sumptuous feel. The 2017 was done with 25% whole clusters, but they are pretty much buried by the sheer richness of the fruit." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

"There is a smoky whole-cluster note to this savory wine, with scents of tea, black cherry and licorice. It's deep and satisfying; for grilled salmon." ~ Wine & Spirits 

"Pale ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard opens with notes of granite, pipe tobacco and blueberry with cracked peppercorn, dried leaves, tree bark and bergamot—very savory and earthy but lovely! Light to medium-bodied, it has grainy tannins to support the earthy fruit layers plus juicy acidity and a long, nuanced finish." ~ Wine Advocate 

"Finely textured, with rich notes of underbrush to the dried dark fruit, fig and olive flavors. Hints of coffee emerge on the lithe finish, showing shadings of dried savory herb. Drink now throgh 2024." ~ Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes
COLOR: ruby garnet AROMAS: black cherry, sage, lavender, forest floor, cigar box, red plum, boysenberry, cinnamon stick, vanilla FLAVORS: black cherry, red plum, baker's chocolate, tarragon, vanilla, clove, nutmeg
Barrel Aging
Aged 16 months in 100% French oak, of which 63% is new
Ermitage, Mercurey, Francois Freres, Gillet
Vineyard Source
100% Ashley's Vineyard (Blocks 1, W, 8B, T & 4A) located in the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation

Wine Specs

100% Pinot Noir (Clones Pommard, 115, 777, 667 & 114)
Alcohol %
0.622 g/100mL
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Brix
Harvest Date
615 cases
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SKU: PN17AV301.5L