Walt Wines Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Clos Pepe 2014
WA94: "Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity."
Owned and run by Kathryn Hall, Walt is a tribute to her parents, Bob and Delores Walt. They were dedicated winemakers and raised her in their vineyard. This Pinot Noir comes from the Clos Pepe vineyard in the Central Coast AVA. The sandy loam soils produce mineral-laden, densely flavored wines. This is a big, rich Pinot with black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, and violet.