94 Point Vintage: 2016 LaMontagne Kessler-Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills Clone 115
Pinot Noir lovers are increasingly turning to Santa Rita Hills for excellent bottles that won’t break the bank. So are wine critics. Wine Spectator said, “This appellation in Santa Barbara County is quickly making a name for itself courtesy of some delicious Pinot Noirs.” And James Suckling stated that he’s “in love with Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. They are bold and rich wines yet balanced and refined with wonderful freshness and length.”
Today, we have an eye-popping deal on the 2016 LaMontagne Kessler-Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills Clone 115. From the outstanding 2016 vintage that Wine Enthusiast rewarded with 94 points, LaMontagne’s owner and winemaker Kimberly Smith created this wine with her mentor and wine consultant, Wes Hagen. In 2013, Decanter named Hagen “one of the 100 most influential winemakers in the USA.”
The two winemakers made several small lot bottlings together from a single vineyard, each one based on a single Pinot Noir clone. The 2.5-acre Kessler-Haak sustainably-farmed vineyard has soils composed of sandy loam with patches of clay loam and a cool maritime climate. Fog graces the vineyard most mornings; followed by cool Pacific ocean breezes and bright sunny afternoons.
If you’re geeky about Pinot Noir, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to dig down deep into the category. If you’re not so geeky but just enjoy really good Pinot, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to simply enjoy an excellent wine at a massive discount.
Whether she’s working with Hagen or with her son Alec who is a big part of this family winery, Smith produces award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays that those in the know are excited about.
This 100% Pinot Noir has aromas of cherries and very subtle hints of olives and leafy herbs. It’s well-rounded, elegant, and has an exciting freshness that makes it a pleasure to drink.
BHW has the Lowest Price Anywhere on this exciting Sta Rita Hill Pinot, and as we mentioned above, a MASSIVE discount - almost 65% off! Consider this a holiday gift for you.