Costalina Pinot Noir 2016

Ceritas Vintage 2016 Bottle Sizes 750ml Country USA Region California Appellation Sonoma Coast Wine Type Red - Still Varietals Pinot Noir Vineyard Blend of Hellenthal, Elliott & Porter-Bass Vineyards. Soil Hellenthal Vineyard: mixture of fractured sandstone and highly decomposed sandstone soils. Elliott Vineyard: Blue Schist & Quartz soil. Porter-Bass Vineyard: Shale and fractured sandstone. Vinification Barrel selections from Hellenthal, Elliott, and Porter-Bass Vineyards are used for the "Costalina" Pinot Noir. Approximately 15% whole cluster is left in tact before vinification begins in tank. No cold soaking, just cold fermentation for 15-20 days. 25% New oak, from over 100 year old trees, 11 months in barrel. Racked back into neutral barrel before bottling, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aging Aged for 11 months in oak barrel. Approximately 25% new oak.
Publication Vinous Rating 89

The 2016 Pinot Noir Costalina is succulent and inviting, with a bit more darkness and depth than it typically shows. Sage, dried herb, leather, licorice and tobacco add layers of aromatic nuance to play off the pliant, succulent fruit. As always, the Costalina is a terrific introduction to the Ceritas wines. In this vintage, the Costalina has a bit more immediacy and generosity than it often does.

– Antonio Galloni, July 2018