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Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard 2005

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2005 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Medium ruby purple color; spicy, earthy, savory aromas with some black cherry notes; rich black cherry flavors of the palate with savory spice and sweet oak notes; silky and smooth; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, ripe, spicy flavors pair with sweet oak to make a truly delicious Pinot. This is a great example of the Clos Pepe Vineyard - a Pinot that drinks well now with a good several years of aging potential ahead of it.<br/><br/>

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Loring Wine Company:
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 safar... Read more
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稚 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. But it would be quite a while before I found someone else that lived up to the standard that Josh Jensen had established. I eventually came to understand and enjoy Pinots from Williams Selyem, Chalone, and Sanford, but I really got excited about California Pinot Noir when I met Norm Beko from Cottonwood Canyon at an Orange County Wine Society tasting. I壇 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痴 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! Read less

Member Reviews for Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard

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Snooth User: joshwoodward
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3.50 5
05/15/2009

Less acid, juicy, very mellow.


Snooth User: ddouty
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4.00 5
07/09/2008

Fruity with a nice finish


External Reviews for Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
09/24/2010

The 2005 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard exhibits a medium dark ruby color along with a sweet bouquet of strawberries, cherries, loamy soil, and a hint of background oak. It is a refreshing, tart style of Pinot with medium body, not a great deal of concentration, but nice flavors, and a pretty, elegant personality.


External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
10/16/2008

2005 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Medium ruby purple color; spicy, earthy, savory aromas with some black cherry notes; rich black cherry flavors of the palate with savory spice and sweet oak notes; silky and smooth; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, ripe, spicy flavors pair with sweet oak to make a truly delicious Pinot. This is a great example of the Clos Pepe Vineyard - a Pinot that drinks well now with a good several years of aging potential ahead of it.



2005 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Medium ruby purple color; spicy, earthy, savory aromas with some black cherry notes; rich black cherry flavors of the palate with savory spice and sweet oak notes; silky and smooth; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, ripe, spicy flavors pair with sweet oak to make a truly delicious Pinot. This is a great example of the Clos Pepe Vineyard - a Pinot that drinks well now with a good several years of aging potential ahead of it.<br/><br/>

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