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Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards, “Native 9” Pinot NoirSanta Barbara County, California 2013 (750mL)

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Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards, “Native 9” Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County, California 2013 (750mL)

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“This wine left an indelible impression on me, renewing my faith in California Pinot Noir’s ability to age. It is shockingly underpriced relative to its pedigree and quality.”

If you are not familiar with Rancho Ontiveros and Native 9, its backstory will impress you as much as the wine itself. The Ontiveros family has roots in this part of California dating back to before it was a US state. The first Ontiveros, Josef, arrived in “Alta California” in 1781, right at the start of the period when the Mexican and Spanish governments were giving land grants to retired soldiers and others to encourage settlement of the region. The Ontiveros family originally received a tract of land in what is now Orange County, California, but subsequent generations sold it to purchase Rancho Tepusquet, in what is now northern Santa Barbara County. The famed Bien Nacido Vineyard—Santa Barbara’s, and perhaps California’s, most famous single vineyard—is located within the Rancho Tepusquet territory.

The wine’s seamless integration of fruit, earth, and oak is a thing to behold. It remains a relatively deep, youthful ruby in the glass, with explosive aromas that lead with lots of crushed blackberry and black cherry before revealing more and more with each return to the glass: sandalwood, violets, anise, underbrush…it’s right at a point in its life where more savory “secondary” aromas are creeping into the picture. You’d be crazy not to pull a few corks now—the wine is firing all cylinders after 15-30 minutes in a decanter.

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionSanta Barbara County, California
  • Sub-RegionSanta Maria Valley
  • SoilSandy / Silty Loam
  • FarmingPracticing Organic & Biodynamic
  • BlendPinot Noir
  • Alcohol13.9%
  • OakFrench Barrel, 30% New
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2028
  • Decanting15-30 Minutes
  • PairingCarnitas

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