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2020 Duvarita Pinot Noir

Raised 20 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 25% new oak. Unfined, Unfiltered. 75 cases produced. 

The 2020 Duvarita Pinot Noir is a wine of aromatic expanse. Fresh tart cherry, wild strawberry and dried cranberry are seamlessly integrated with nuances of tea leaves, rose petals, dried sage and eucalyptus. The plentiful aromatics lead into a beautiful palate of pomegranate, blueberry compote and savory herbs laced with polished tannins and balanced acidity. 

Alcohol: 13.5%

pH: 3.98

Acid: 5.4 g/L

Bottled: May 20, 2022


Duvarita Vineyard (Biodynamic)—Western edge of Sta. Rita Hills

Winemaker Notes

When I first made this wine in 2019, I was walking the vineyard sampling the fruit before harvest and had never tasted Pinot Noir grapes with such concentrated and powerful flavors. I knew that this Pinot Noir and subsequent Pinots made from Duvarita Vineyard were going to be noteworthy wines. Because of the concentration of fruit, I ferment the Pinot Noir 100% whole cluster. In doing so, the beautiful red fruit characteristics of this Pinot are seamlessly integrated with herbaceous and savory notes giving this Pinot depth and complexity on the nose and palate. To me, this is what makes Pinot Noir a nuanced and interesting wine both to both make and enjoy. Our 2020 Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir is polished and beautiful, all the while rugged and refined.


95 Points

Black cherries, smoked herbs, black tea, and baking spices are just some of the nuances in the 2020 Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard, another layered, textured, incredibly impressive red from this winemaker. With medium to full-bodied richness, it has ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. Not destemmed and aged 20 months in 30% new French oak, this brilliant Pinot Noir is a match for anything out there. It should evolve for 10-15 years as well.