Category: Pinot Noir

E16 Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard

Doctor’s Orders

Grapes for the 2016 bottling by E16 hail from the Doctor’s Vineyard and showcase the classic, juicy freshness of Monterey County Pinot Noir. “This wine is a real charmer thanks to an impossibly silky texture and lively bouquet of sun-ripened cranberry, sweet vanilla, dried rose petal, and minerally earth. ”

E16 Wines select Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confluence of soil, climate, and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place.

The Doctor’s Vineyard is located in the middle stretch of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It starts at 300 feet of elevation but promptly climbs another 400 feet into the highlands, providing this part of the vineyard with warmer temperatures and higher winds.

Planted with wide row spacing on east-facing benches offers great sun exposure, allowing the fog to burn off early in the day. The fruit was picked from the gently sloping upper bench where the union of climate, sandy loam soils, and clones produce small crops that translate to complex wines.

2014 Lea Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir sourced from three vineyards within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, an area known to have ideal growing conditions for Pinot. The grapes come from the Turner Vineyard, Mormann Vineyard, and Buona Terra Vineyard, and each brings its own signature to the blend.

Buona Terra contributes red fruits and fresh acidity while the Turner delivers darker, stone fruit notes and a streak of exotic spice and pepper. Mormann rounds out the blend with a silky texture, long finish and juicy red raspberry and pomegranate. This wine is very food friendly and pairs well with everything from delicate shellfish dishes to grilled steak. Drink this wine now or age it up to six years.

Of the world’s top growing regions for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Santa Maria and Santa Rita Hills AVA’s have the longest growing season—from bud break to harvest an average of 200 days. The fog and wind from the Pacific moderate the climate year round.

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.