A striking California Pinot Noir with a serious nod at Burgundy. The grapes come from a small, steep block on Pence Ranch planted exclusively to the Pommard clone. The wine is intensely perfumed, combining classic raspberry and cherry characters with more savoury notes sage and green peppercorns. The palate is silky with fine, dusty tannins and vibrant acidity that balance out flavours of ripe red cherry and spice.
Drake Whitcraft makes beautifully balanced, site-specific wines in his low-fi Santa Barbara winery. Growing up in Santa Barbara under the tutelage of his father, who started Whitcraft Winery in 1985, and his friend Burt Williams, founder of Williams-Selyem in Sonoma, Drake has formed good relationships with some of the best vineyards in the Central Coast with a focus on the cool climate and diverse terroir of Sta. Rita Hills.
He gets his grapes from sought after sites like Pence, La Rinconada and Stolpman. He makes all his wines in the same hands-on, low-intervention way - describing himself as a wine shepherd more than a winemaker - above everything else Drake wants to make a naked representation of these exceptional vineyards year after year. They represent a cross-section of the emerging class of site-specific wines coming out of Central Coast California today.
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