Critical Acclaim: 94 pts Wine enthusiast; 92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 90 pts Jeb Dunnuck.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Deep red color coaxes aromas of cherry liqueur, bright black berries, bay leaf, and crushed flowers. Vivid pomegranate notes are framed by toasted holiday cranberry, cinnamon, and hard candy flavors. Reserved and structured with earthy minerality, lavender, and dusty, savory tannins. Ultra balanced, the finish is lengthy and fresh. Hand sorted, 83% whole cluster fermented for 15 days in two-ton stainless open top tanks & one Amphora vessel. Pressed and moved to French oak barrels for secondary fermentation. Aged for 15 months.
"Bright and fresh aromas of pomegranate and zesty raspberry are warmed up by star anise and nutmeg on the nose of this bottling. There are ripe red-fruit flavors on the palate yet there is a persistently energetic and bright acidity that slices through, and the pinch of white pepper adds complexity."- Wine Enthusiast
"An open and rather soft pinot, offering strawberry and cherry aromas with some stems. Cranberry, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a round, creamy texture and a juicy finish. Sheers off at the finish. Drink or hold."- James Suckling
"Pale ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Terraces has a nose of blueberries and earth with touches of dried herbs, pepper and citrus. The palate is medium-bodied and firm but ripe, with pleasantly broody fruits and a flavorful finish. This has the structure and flesh to age well in bottle". Drinking window 2020-2026- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
About the Winery: Under vine since 1849 – Eden Rift is the oldest continuously producing estate vineyard in California. Located just 20 miles from the Monterey Bay, the 120-acre estate rests on the San Andreas Faultline and is part of the Cienega Valley AVA. The terraces are one of Eden Rift’s more unique attributes. They make up 20% of the estate and are challenging to farm. The low yields and low organic material creates wines with intense minerality, sense of place, and wonderful density.
Varietal: Pinot Noir.