There are few places in the world that can offer a 100% Estate grown Pinot Noir, with production under 1,000 cases, drinking now beautifully while offering cellaring potential of another 13 years, with a 95 point score from The Wine Advocate, all for just under £34 per bottle IB (less than £44 on your table).

Santa Barbara County is that place, and the divine Peake Ranch Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019 is the wine.

This is all par for the course when it comes to winemaker Wynne Solomon, who's Midas touch elevates Peake Ranch's Estate vineyards to extraordinary levels as a matter of course. She learned from one of the very best - regional Legend, Paul Lato - and has raised Peake Ranch to the top tier in the blink of an eye.

She selects choice parcels of Pinot Noir from the Estate's Peake Ranch and John Sebastiano Vineyards (only a couple of miles apart as the crow flies) in one of California's coolest-climate AVAs, Sta. Rita Hills. In fact, the average summer temperature is higher in the UK, but guess who gets the most sunshine...

The result is a wine that brilliantly captures all the classic vibrancy, aromatics, and almost crunchy red fruit profile of the region. It's an irresistible Pinot Noir of depth and structure, in perfect harmony with elegance and finesse. As The Wine Advocate's Erin Brooks says, it's a wine that difficult to down.

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