2012 Lutum Pinot Noir Riconanda Vineyard (Sta Rita Hills)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $50.94)
"This is another exciting new project that’s making incredible wines right out of the gate!" - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From winemaker Gavin Chanin (he honed his chops at Au Bon Climat and Qupe) and owner Bill Price (Kistler, Kosta Browne, Price Family), Lutum focuses on single vineyard Pinot Noir from some of California’s best sites. Prince of Pinot has found their wines to be “very, very good” and they come “highly recommended” by the Wine Advocate as well. To put it bluntly, Jeb Dunnuck proclaims that "these beauties are worth checking out!"
The 2012 La Riconanda Pinot is a transparent rendition of the Sta Rita Hills, showcasing “crushed rock, ground herbs, underbrush and black cherry...it's a gorgeous effort” (WA93pts). We couldn’t be more excited to bring it to you with a few years of age and the best price of any vintage on the market!
The bevy of high-quality single-vineyard designate Pinot Noir has been the driving force of the Sta Rita Hills rise to prominence. Benefiting from the attention of consumers and winemakers, wines like this La Riconanda Vineyard Pinot Noir by Lutum are the new benchmarks of California Pinot.
2012 was a blessed year for many in California, but the Santa Rita Hills had perhaps the most serendipitous combination of perfectly warm, even weather and cooling Santa Barbara fog that makes Pinot Noir from the area so darn delicious. La Riconanda sits at the heart of the Santa Rita Hills and showcases everything we love about good Central Coast Pinot Noir - forward fresh red fruits, energetic spice and mineral accents, and vibrant acidity. Both tasty and complex, California Pinot enthusiasts will be thrilled with the quality of this selection and its unbeatable price. Cheers!