Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Bentrock 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Santa Barbara
subappellation
Santa Rita Hills
JD
93
WS
92
VM
92
WA
91
Additional vintages
2017 2016
JD
93
Rated 93 by Jeb Dunnuck
From a great Sta. Rita Hills site, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bentrock was all destemmed and saw 16 months in 75% new French oak. It's similarly colored to the La Encantada release and offers lots of classic marine notes in its spiced blackberries, underbrush, leather, and truffle aromas and flavors. It's slightly more rounded and supple, has soft tannins, good freshness, and outstanding length. It has loads of character and I suspect will be best drunk before the La Encantada release. ... More details
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Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Bentrock 2017 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JD
93
WS
92
VM
92
WA
91
JD
93
Rated 93 by Jeb Dunnuck
From a great Sta. Rita Hills site, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bentrock was all destemmed and saw 16 months in 75% new French oak. It's similarly colored to the La Encantada release and offers lots of classic marine notes in its spiced blackberries, underbrush, leather, and truffle aromas and flavors. It's slightly more rounded and supple, has soft tannins, good freshness, and outstanding length. It has loads of character and I suspect will be best drunk before the La Encantada release.
WS
92
Rated 92 by Wine Spectator
Chocolate mousse and cocoa powder accents show in this well-structured version. Dark fruit and spice notes form the backbone, with a finish of savory spice and cream. Drink now through 2023. 297 cases made.
VM
92
Rated 92 by Vinous Media
The 2017 Pinot Noir Bentrock is bright, focused and tense, with all of the energy that is found in so many Pinots from this site. Crushed flowers, white pepper, chalk, mint and red berry fruit all inform this energetic, finely sculpted Pinot from Alma Rosa. This is an especially ripe style for Bentrock, where the Pinots are often more nervous in feel. That is more of a stylistic consideration. There is no getting around the wine's beauty.
WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
Pale ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bentrock Vineyard gives aromas of dried red cherries and cranberries, licorice, black tea leaves, orange peel, underbrush and potpourri. It's light to medium-bodied with finely textured tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Santa Barbara
subappellation
Santa Rita Hills
Additional vintages
2017 2016
Overview
Rated 93 - From a great Sta. Rita Hills site, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bentrock was all destemmed and saw 16 months in 75% new French oak. It's similarly colored to the La Encantada release and offers lots of classic marine notes in its spiced blackberries, underbrush, leather, and truffle aromas and flavors. It's slightly more rounded and supple, has soft tannins, good freshness, and outstanding length. It has loads of character and I suspect will be best drunk before the La Encantada release.
green grapes

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.
barrel

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
fields

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.
bottle and glass

Appellation: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.
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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.
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Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
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Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.
bottle and glass

Appellation: Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.