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Barden Pinot Noir 2016 (Sta. Rita Hills, California) - [JD 92] [WE 92] [RP 91] [WS 91] [AG 91]
Barden Pinot Noir 2016 (Sta. Rita Hills, California) - [JD 92] [WE 92] [RP 91] [WS 91] [AG 91]

Retail Price: $68.00
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Winery: Barden (Margerum)
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Sta. Rita Hills, California
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: BARDENPINOT16-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Barden Pinot Noir is formed to touch the heart, mind, body and soul. It’s wrapped in a cloak of mystery, lightly adorned, and respected. Ours is a swirling worldly vision, moody but aware. We dared and entered this world with trepidation. Pinot Noir is fiendishly complex; we realize we are on the road to madness. It lives in the boar’s den... -DM

Color: Darker red hues this vintage with hints jam and garnet

Aroma: Complex fruit aromas of meat, mushrooms and burnt blueberry pie edges all complemented with subtle wood aromatics of vanilla, toast and stems retained briar patch

Palate: Earthiness with faint florals: roses, violet and Bing cherries

Peak Drinking: Now – and with five to seven years of bottle age from vintage.

Winemaking: The fruit was all hand sorted, 25% whole cluster on 4 lots equating to 18% in the final blend, 7-day cold soak, a combination of natural (wild) fermentation and Burgundian yeast isolates, only free-run wine used, 10 month maturation on full lees, bottled un-fined and unfiltered.

Maturation: This wine was matured for 10 months in 45% new French oak barriques from Tonnellerie François Frères and Tonnellerie Ermitage.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:

"The 2016 Barden Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes from four vineyards (La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict, John Sebastiano, and Radian) and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. Deep ruby-colored, with a classic bouquet of cherries, mulberries, sappy herbs, and spring flowers, it's medium-bodied, has bright acidity, and a youthful, vibrant feel. It's good today but will be better in 2-3 years as well." - Jeb Dunnuck (10/15/2018)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Concentrated aromas of black cherry meet with wondrous amounts of clove, star anise, chaparral and sharper mulling spices on the nose of this bottling. The palate starts with a powerful peppercorn spice before diving into slightly sour pomegranate, lifted with bits of thyme and anise on the finish. Patience will reward on this wine. Matt Kettmann" - (7/1/2018)

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Barden, which hails from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, offers up complex aromas of red cherry, raspberry, spice, potpourri and sweet soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied with an ample core of fruit, light but chewy structuring tannins and a good sappy finish. Enjoy it over the next four or five years." - William Kelley (27th Apr 2018)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Powerful, with red currant, dried berry and raspberry flavors that are backed by firm acidity. Cedary notes show on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. 273 cases made." - KM (Issue Aug 31, 2018)

91 Points - Vinous:
"The 2016 Pinot Noir Barden is one of the flashiest wines in Doug Margerum's range. Succulent and racy, and yet understated, the 2016 is very pretty. The red and purplish berry fruit, mint and floral notes show terrific focus throughout. Vineyard sources are Radian, La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict and John Sebastiano. " Antonio Galloni - (Sep 2018)

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