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2013 Lea Pinot NoirPinot Noir from United States

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"Made by Jennifer Lea Tensley, these are first-rate Pinot Noirs (and a Chardonnay) that have singular, individual characters. They don’t skimp on fruit or texture, yet they als...

  • 91 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 90 Cellar Tracker
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"Starting off the Pinot Noirs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is an outstanding effort that offers juicy black cherries, spice, earth and ground herbs in its sweetly fruited, rounded and supple style. There’s good concentration here, and it opens up nicely in the glass. Already delicious, it will thrill over the coming 5-7 years." Reviewed August 2014

90 Cellar Tracker

Based on 20 notes and 20 scores from 13 users.. October 24, 2016.

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"Made by Jennifer Lea Tensley, these are first-rate Pinot Noirs (and a Chardonnay) that have singular, individual characters. They don’t skimp on fruit or texture, yet they also have plenty of earthy, savory characteristics to go with that core of sweet fruit that California provides. In addition, they represent superb values!" - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. August 2014.

About Lea Wines
"Jennifer Lea Tensley's brand, Lea Wines, is focused on vineyard-designated, chardonnays, Roses and pinot noirs from Santa Barbara County.

Jennifer's road to winemaking was not a direct one though her interest in wine started early. When she was twelve years old, her mother, a wine importer at the time, decided to move them to Paris for a year. It was an incredible learning experience that immersed Jennifer in French culture and the culture of winemaking. She met winemakers, toured wineries throughout France, and, like her French friends, began tasting the wines served with evening meals. lea wines While Jennifer went on to pursue a career in broadcast journalism then a career as a TV and film writer in Los Angeles, her love of food and wine remained an important part of her life. She continued to make regular visits to France and, of course, to her home town of New Orleans which had also fostered her love of great cuisine paired with great wine.

In 2001 Jennifer moved to Santa Barbara County's wine country, feeling that it would be a perfect opportunity to combine her two passions - wine and writing. The beautiful and peaceful countryside provided an idyllic creative setting and gave her an opportunity to start working with local wineries.

In 2002 she met up-and-coming winemaker Joey Tensley. The connection was immediate and by 2003 they were married and had a son, Oliver. Tensley Wines was and remains a relatively small, hands-on operation, and Jennifer spent a great deal of time working side by side with her husband. By 2005 she felt ready to launch her own brand.

Jennifer started Lea Wines with two vineyard-designated Roses, a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, and a Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir blend. True to the Tensley tradition, there is a simple philosophy behind her winemaking - get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for itself." - Winery's Notes

Product Detail

Item # 94390
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Central Coast
Ratings

91 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

90 - Cellar Tracker

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato