Central Coast Pinot Noir

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Sandhi, Sanford & Benedict, Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir, 2016, ABV 13.5%.

This Pinot Noir comes from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County in the Central Coast region of California. Despite California having generally a Mediterranean climate, due to its westerly location, Sta. Rita Hills AVA receives cooling maritime and fog influences from the Pacific Ocean, aiding in the preservation of acidity, lending balance, finesse, and elegance to the resulting wine.

This wine is medium ruby with a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb, orange peel, violet, tulip, mint, wet stone, white pepper, secondary notes of nutmeg, and tertiary notes of earth and wet leaves.

On the palate this wine is dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, delicate tannin, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.

This is a beautiful wine with a strong fruit character and expression. It is well-balanced and offers concentrated aromatics and flavors and nice complexity.
— 3 days ago

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Major Wines

This is Major Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Understated and graceful PN with pure red and blue fruit aromas and flavors, a little smoke, white pepper, light herbs, and cotton candy. Not too complex but great with good. Low tannin, high acid. Simple but pure pleasure. — 7 days ago

Bob, David and 8 others liked this


Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017

A new producer for me, and while it was good, I wasn’t impressed. Lots of other pinots I prefer at or below this price point. — 3 days ago

Bryan, Jason and 1 other liked this

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

This young Pinot Noir from California is already drinking very nicely.

Big, bold and opulent. Rich, yet elegant. Very fruity on the palate.

Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf and light green vegetables.

Spicy finish with soft tannins.

I prefer drinking this at around 5 year of age.

I gave it a long decant (2 hours), which callmed it down a bit.

A Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 3 days ago

Dave, Iwan and 13 others liked this

Domaine de la Côte

Memorious Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A

Ever since the Somm III movie, the wines of Domaine de la Cote have been intriguing. About 2-3yrs ago, I had their Bloom’s Field and really enjoyed it. I was able to pick up a few of their Memorious, and this was my first time opening one.

In comparison to Bloom’s Field, I’d say this has less depth and complexity, but it has its own fun flair and character. Upon opening, the use of 100% whole clusters is easily noticeable. Crunchy, herbal twang with fleshy black cherry skin and stemminess notes are very concentrated. Made in a more fresh style with lower ABV, the mid palate focuses more on mineral and floral notes like herbs de Provence, dark potpourri, savory and underripe red and black fruits with green peppercorn. High acidity. A hybrid of lean Sonoma Coast Pinot and Willamette Valley Pinot.
— 12 days ago

Jason, Tom and 36 others liked this
Scott Rose

Scott Rose

Great review. Have only had one wine ( a pinot)from this producer and was unimpressed but willing to opt-in again
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@Scott Rose : They mainly focus on Pinot, and while I haven’t had all of them, the ones I’ve had share a lot of characteristics (leaner, high acidity, more savory/herbal than fruit forward)...that being said, there is good quality, so give them a try again if you have the chance!

Story of Soil

John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Bright, pretty, red fruit, light body, mineral - Santa Barbara without the heat. Still young and maybe will add some complexity in a few years. Love this producer. — 11 days ago

Romain, Ira and 6 others liked this

The Valley Project

Los Alamos Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2012

This is quite a special wine. I don’t care what the others rated this. I like it. Purchased on my trip to Santa Barbara almost 6 years ago. Now I remember why I bought it at the tasting room. Nice floral bouquet, slightly acidic, light translucent color with less than 13 percent alcohol (that’s a good thing). Very good structure that would suggest this wine is in the middle innings and can probably last a few more years — 4 days ago

leon, David and 2 others liked this

Paul Lato

Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Paul Lato Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016: Bright elegance. Fine balance. Perfect structure. Nice primary fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry & blackberry, followed by some secondary flavors of vanilla & spice. The finish was soft & silky, leaving you with the desire for another sip! Overall, a high quality Pinot, leaving me beyond impressed. Hands down, the best California Pinot Noir I have tasted this year. Great weekend to all! Cheers🍷 — 7 days ago

Mike, Severn and 1 other liked this


Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Very California. On the riper, dark cherry, plush side of Pinot Noir. Nicely done if you like that style. Would be a great barbecue wine. +1 point for the screw cap — 3 days ago

Eric, Josh and 1 other liked this

Storm Wines

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2019

Camping on Figuera Mountain close to Los Olivos drinking Great Pinot. Bought and retried the wine. 13% plenty of raspberry some cherry and spice. I met Ernst Storm this weekend- definitely a name to watch - his Pinot’s are the most Burg like ones in Santa Barbara right now. Tyler is just as good but more dollars. This one is quite fruit driven but still excellent. — 19 days ago

Neil, Hugh and 8 others liked this