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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerZotovich Family (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 36 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by CWilliam on 5/7/2015: 92+
Served with grilled grouper. Light red color with clear meniscus. No sediment. Baking spice, cranberry, red currants & stemmy on nose. On palate, bright cherry, cranberry & baking spice with medium acidity and long finish. My best bottle to date. Will look to buy some more current releases from this producer. (212 views)
 Tasted by Xfactor on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: One of my favorite SRH PN offerings, still impresses, in stride now. Appreciates the cooler side of your pinot temp scale. (533 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 11/9/2014: 91-92 range. Continues to drink very well. (671 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 9/6/2014: Last bottle. Strawberry jammy goodness with surprisingly good acidity. (962 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 4/19/2014: 92+/- this go around - excellent with grilled halibut. (1207 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 4/10/2014 & rated 94 points: Another marvelous bottle. Incredible aromas -- strawberry, rhubarb, and bing cherry, with notes of orange rind, mulled spices, clove and hard candy. Luscious rhubarb and strawberry on the palate, with a note of black cherry and more orange rind -- washes over the palate with waves of spice and a hint of cola. Bracing acidity. Long finish. (1117 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 3/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Again, great QPR. Drinking very well now and showed well in a pop and pour environment. (872 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 2/17/2014: Deliciious. Great with plank smoked salmon- not overly complex but deliciious. 91-92 range. (872 views)
 Tasted by Xfactor on 2/10/2014 & rated 90 points: Orange peel was more noticeable this go around, cool black fruit, a little fiery at PnP, but calmed down around 2 hours. (708 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 12/16/2013 & rated 94 points: Marvelous. Has the high-toned red fruit profile that I really love in a pinot. Aromas of cranberry, pomegranate and spiced cherry intermingle with notes of orange peel and other citrus, clove and nutmeg. The wine slides over the palate with pure flavors of cranberry and spicy cherry, with more nutmet and clove to keep it interesting. Great acidity and a long finish. Will age well. (553 views)
 Tasted by Xfactor on 11/11/2013 & rated 91 points: Was ready at PnP. Great balance, cool cherry with mild green herbs, great finish. Paired superbly with grilled Turkish lamb. (640 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 10/7/2013: No decant this time and seems to be doing a lot better. Nice fruit noted on the nose. Acidity not so bad. (668 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 9/14/2013 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 2 hours and really mellowed out the acidity. A lot more fruit showing after the decant and a little more bottle age. Some spice also evident. Not a excessive amount of sugar. When I first drank this wine I thought it had more acid than Woodstock, but not anymore. I will hold the rest of what I have for as long as I can. (710 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 8/23/2013: Has improved from prior tasting. While pretty big for a Pinot, its got high acidity,silky palate feel and a long finish - 92+ Would buy again. (826 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 8/12/2013 & rated 90 points: Much more fruit after having been opened for 24 hours. The acidity got more muted. This wine should age well for the coming several years. (691 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 7/21/2013 & rated 90 points: Seems to be getting to a better place. I liked this bottle more than the last time that I drank this wine. I will try it again this fall. (622 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 5/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Like my previous note. A lot of acidity in this. Decanted this time for 1 hour. Seemed to have burnt off some of the alcohol and the nose was better than my previous memory. More spice and earth on the nose vs. fruit. Give it air. (654 views)
 Tasted by Xfactor on 5/11/2013 & rated 91 points: In stride, the darker side of SRH. Good weight without being overbearing. Great long finish. Looking forward to opening another in a couple months. (611 views)
 Tasted by sayward on 3/28/2013: this bottle was popped and poured. way too much acidity going on. I have some more of this so I am interested to see how this works with a decant next time. didn't wow me, but jury is out given that others are suggesting a decant will help. (785 views)
 Tasted by CWilliam on 3/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Opened bottle 1 hour before meal - this needs some time - Bright cherry, red currants primarily on nose. On palate, cherry, dark cherry with some baking spice. Medium acidity, silky mouthfeel leading into a medium+ finish. Great with Salmon cooked on a plank on the grill. (806 views)
 Tasted by MattMauldin on 2/9/2013 & rated 93 points: Notes from Pasadena PinotFest: Really showing well. Bright floral and mineral notes highlighting red cherry and fig with darker earthy spice. Layered and complex with elegance. Fine sharpness to the structure... still plenty of room to unfold. Full finish. (1055 views)
 Tasted by sterin on 1/28/2013 & rated 92 points: Really tasty pinot. This wine is a little one-dimensional, but that dimension is delicious. (861 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 4/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Wow, just so good. Great depth of flavor for a mid-weight Pinot. This wine put Sta. Rita Hills on the map for me. (1439 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 4/2/2012 & rated 92 points: 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance Tasting (RN74, San Francisco, California): Light medium red color with pale meniscus; focused, tart cherry, cinnamon, floral nose; intense, tart cherry, tart raspberry palate with medium acidity; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish (clones 113, 114, 115 & 777; planted in 1998) (2128 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 2/23/2012 & rated 92 points: Really tasty. Red fruits, cola, and spice. Nice depth of flavor for a middle weight Pinot. (1237 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/2/2012)
(Zotovich Family Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills) Light medium red color with pale meniscus; focused, tart cherry, cinnamon, floral nose; intense, tart cherry, tart raspberry palate with medium acidity; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish (clones 113, 114, 115 & 777; planted in 1998)  92 points
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