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Samsara "Las Hermanas Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008 (Santa Barbara County, California) - Robert Parker [93 pts]
Samsara "Las Hermanas Vineyard" Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2008 (Santa Barbara County, California) - Robert Parker [93 pts]


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Winery: Samsara
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Growing Conditions:
This was a year to remember, as nature threw challenge after challenge to growers across the entire Central
Coast. Yet, out of difficulty comes opportunity and the frosts, winds, heat spikes and arid conditions produced
a crop of intensity and flavor concentration. Yields were significantly reduced due to the weather factors at bud
break, flowering and berry set – sometimes as much at 50% less than previous years. Those vineyards closer
to the Pacific Ocean’s moderating influence were not as impacted by Spring conditions and all vineyards
enjoyed a mild, calm September that allowed slow and even ripening.

Production Notes:
  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA
  • Harvested 10.03.08
  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • 25% Whole Cluster
  • 20% New French Oak
  • Alcohol 14.4%
  • 108 cases produced

What Does It Taste Like?

An elegant and extremely pure nose that is ripe, fresh and layered with dark fruits like plum, cherry, and a spice
character that complements the medium-weight flavors that are less obviously ripe than the nose, all wrapped
in a moderately firm, balanced and dusty finish. With the alcohol at 14.4%, the acidity is really playing a
complementary role to the more ripe aromas and flavors. Give this wine some time in bottle and it will reward
your patience for the next 10-15 years.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Very limited in production, the 2008 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas (only about 100 cases) displays sweet plum, boysenberry, and black cherry fruit with some incense, underbrush, and spice. The wine has a deep ruby/plum color, a broad, savory mouthfeel, supple tannins, and a velvety, opulent finish. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.

This is the personal project of Ron Melville’s son, Chad. He has turned in some impressive efforts in previous vintages and the 2008s are, for the most part, as good as his brilliant 2007s. Chad Melville tends to use approximately 50% stems/whole clusters for all of his Pinot Noirs with the exception of the Las Hermanas, which is only 25% whole cluster. His alcohols are moderate to moderately high by Santa Rita Hills standards – 14.1% is the lowest (for the Melville) to 14.7% the highest (for the Turner Vineyard). They are all 100% Pinot Noir and mostly made from various clones, including the newer Dijon clones, 115 and 667, and some of the older California clones such as Pommard. His oak regime is different from that of his mentors, Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton, since he prefers to use 20-25% new oak, except in the case of the single-barrel (new) wine, the "228." -Robert Parker (8/2010)

92 Points & "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (v. 2007):
Unfined and unfiltered, so a little cloudy, and somewhat tannic. You can almost chew on this stemmy, woodspice-flavored young wine, with its earthy-sweet herbs and wild cherries. Dry, noble and distinguished, it should benefit from 4–6 years in the cellar.  - S.H.  (11/1/2009)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(v. 2007):
"Opaque purple. The deep, exotically scented bouquet of boysenberry, cherry-cola and oak spices reminded me of a Cote-Rotie from Bonnefond. Lush and creamy in texture, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and powerful but integrated tannins. Picks up notes of black olive and black pepper with air and finishes with excellent clarity and sweet persistence. This is complex enough to drink right now." - Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec '09)

91 Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (v. 2007):
"The 2007 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas exhibits a dense ruby/plum, nearly opaque color along with rich, full-bodied notes of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of charcoal, earth, and spring flowers, good acidity, impressive concentration as well as texture, and a robust yet silky finish." -Robert Parker (8/2009)

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