More in the style of the 2010, with a voluptuous, fruit-loaded profile, the 2012 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe is loaded with notions of blue fruits, crushed flowers and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, with brilliant precision and focus, it shows the richness and purity of the vintage and should be ready to go on release, yet also age gracefully. Drink 2014-2022. 89-92 Points
The WALT "Clos Pepe” Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir displayed its remarkable character even as pre-fermented juice. We knew we had something special on our hands and exercised extreme care throughout vinification in order to preserve the distinctive perfumes, flavors and textures of the wine. Displaying a Burgundian disposition, this wine is dark, earthy, smokey and spilling over with red fruits. The texture allures with its richness and density while the wine’s supple lift and delicate mouthfeel warrant an enduring balance and completeness.