2013 La Cruz Pinot Noir
92 Points - Wine & Spirits
This comes from a parcel planted at a lower elevation than the El Coro recommended above—the soils here are heavy marine clay. In 2013 La Cruz grew a sanguine and firm expression of pinot noir, the aromas tilted toward scents of cumin and tomato leaf more than berry fruit. Bright acidity punches through the compact structure, refreshing the tough clay-grown tannins. It’s a powerful coastal pinot noir that will become more complex and velvety with a few more years in bottle—then pour it with duck breast.