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2015 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1402188 90 points Wine & Spirits

 Rich and supple, this wine has the tartness of cranberries, the pinot noir grapes just this side of ripeness. It’s lively in a casual, quiet way, a juicy red to serve with roast salmon and wild mushrooms.  (12/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir offers up an herbal, red berries and menthol nose with a touch of baking chocolate. The medium-bodied palate delivers bright, crunchy red fruit, with a chewy texture and herbal lift to the finish. (LPB)  (9/2017)


 The 2015 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) is one of the highlights in this range. Sweet, pliant and super-expressive, it is a great introduction to these wines and the J. Wilkes range. Succulent red cherry, mint, spice and floral overtones resonate through to the finish. (AG)  (9/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Rich, savory and open-textured, with dried berry and sandalwood flavors that lengthen out nicely, showing undercurrents of cedar. Cocoa details show on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM, Web Only-2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Aromatics of ripe red berry fruits, cherry pie, Kola nut, white pepper, clove and an intense earthy, spicy, savory, meaty complexity that reminds me of great, young Burgundy. On the palate it's bright, fruity, balanced and quite complex for such a juicy youngster. Persistent finish shows cherry, rhubarb, loamy earthy tannins that are more prevalent than I am used to in young SMV Pinot Noir. This youthful wine speaks volumes about the future of Santa Maria Pinot Noir typicity and gives the Sta. Rita Hills a moment of worrisome reflection."

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
This is savory, light and clean with spiced berry flavors and an interesting untamed quality. It reminds me of an unfined, unfiltered Village level Burgundy from a classic vintage like 2016. Tasty and affordable.

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