2008 PINOT NOIR, RITA'S EARTH

100% Pinot Noir
Babcock Winery & Vineyards

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $25.00
club price: $21.25
available:Yes
cases:3685
formats: 750mL
released:Jun 1, 2009
date profiled:Jun 23, 2010
region:Central Coast
AVA:Sta. Rita Hills
vineyards:Babcock Estate and Yardi ... Babcock Estate and Yardi Vineyards
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:13.5%
fined:Yes
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:20% New  
oak aging: 7 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
pinot noir 100%
 
ships to: AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS LA ME MI MN MO MT NE NV NM NY NC OH OK OR RI SC SD TN VT VA WA WV WI WY
 
Winemaker Bryan Babcock Notes
For those of you not yet in the know, this Pinot’s moniker, Rita’s Earth, is our nick name for our appellation, the Sta. Rita Hills. I think it’s especially fitting with this wine since Sta. Rita Hills has become synonymous with the notion of good Pinot Noir, and this is yet another good one.

And there is good news! We actually made a few thousand cases!

This wine is great. Once again, it’s a lighter, easy to drink version of some of the trophy Pinots we have made from places like Ocean’s Ghost. But it still has the kind of character that has prompted many growers over the last few years in the Sta. Rita Hills to plant more grapes.

I love this stuff beginning with its hue. It’s not too light, whic ...more... h can be a trait with Pinot Noir. While light color is not supposed to be the end of the world, I do like to see in the glass a little bit of light being reflected in that spectrum known as red. It’s not too dark either, which is fine with me. While I do at times pause with some respect for really dark Pinots, they do tend to look like, well, Syrah. To be politically correct I try not to discriminate, but the classic stuff in my mind is still transparent and red, ruby red. With Pinot, purple makes me think of stylistic steroids. It’s either that, or the wine is inherently dark from an idiosyncratic terroir, like our Ocean’s Ghost. The mouth on this one is full of cherries and spice, which has become a very welcome standard.
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