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2010 Loring Rancho La Vina Pinot NoirPinot Noir from United States

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WINERY: "My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop...

  • 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
  • 92 Pinot Report
  • 91 Wine Spectator
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93

"Masses of blackberries and spices here on the nose. Full and silky with intense blueberry, incense and licorice. Long finish. Solid with depth." (10/11)

92 Pinot Report

"Deep ruby color; deep plum and spicy pepper aromas; forward cherry and plum flavors with pepper notes; some tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, full Pinot with nice spicy notes.; 175 cases produced." (02/12)

91 Wine Spectator

"Rough-hewn when tried, but surely intense and concentrated, with vibrant wild berry, raspberry and mineral. Best to cellar this a year or two to enjoy the full benefits. Best from 2013 through 2021. 175 cases made. -JL" (05/12)

Product Description:

WINERY:
"My name is Brian Loring and my obsession is Pinot Noir. OK, I'm also pretty crazy about Champagne, but that's another story. While in college, I worked at a wine shop in Hollywood (Victor's), where one of the owners was a Burgundy fanatic. So, my very first experiences with Pinot Noir were from producers like Domaine Dujac, Henri Jayer, and DRC. Needless to say, I found subsequent tasting safaris into the domestic Pinot Noir jungle less than satisfying. It wasn't until I literally stumbled into Calera (I tripped over a case of their wine in the store room) that I found a California Pinot Noir that I could love."

"I'd made about 3 trips around the booths at the tasting without finding a single good Pinot Noir. So, being the open minded person that I am (remember I passed him up 3 times), I stopped at the Cottonwood booth. I was BLOWN away by Norm's 1990 Santa Maria Pinot Noir. After a few years of attending every Cottonwood event and asking Norm 10,000 questions about winemaking, he offered to let come learn the process during the '97 crush. I checked sugar levels, picked, crushed, punched down, pressed, filled barrels, and generally moved a bunch of stuff around with fork lifts and pallet jacks! It was the time of my life... I was totally hooked. And even though I hadn't planned it, I ended up making two barrels of Pinot Noir. That was the start of the Loring Wine Company. What had started out as a dream 15 years earlier was now a reality - I was a winemaker!" -Winery

VINEYARD:
"Rancho La Vina is a family owned and operated ranch located on the Central Coast of California in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The 2,800 acre property is what remains of the Santa Rosa Land Grant which was purchased in the 1860's. In 2001, 100 acres of Pinot Noir were planted. The site features Gazos clay-loam, Ballard fine sandy-loam, Sta. Lucia shaly clay-loam soils." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 79542
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Central Coast
Ratings

93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com

92 - Pinot Report

91 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2010
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato