A fantastic new Pinot from Lea Tensley, wife of Joe Tensley who makes some of our favorite Syrahs from Santa Barbara. Lea's focus is Pinot and this is one of the best buys of the year.
93 Points Robert Parker: "One of my favorites in the lineup, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mormann Vineyard comes from the northern part of the AVA and beach sand-like soils. A textbook Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, it offers impressive spice, dried flowers and fresh earth-like qualities to go with a core of wild strawberry and darker-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, layered and with solid richness, it’s a savory, classic effort to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years. Made by Jennifer Lea Tensley, these are first-rate Pinot Noirs (and a Chardonnay) that have singular, individual characters. They don’t skimp on fruit or texture, yet they also have plenty of earthy, savory characteristics to go with that core of sweet fruit that California provides. In addition, they represent superb values!.