Kimberly Hatcher is the longtime assistant to Russell Bevan and has kept her eyes and ears wide open, and she is on a roll as of late! Robert Parker and Jeb Dunnuck have “noticed” her and the press is out! That said, Kimberly’s OWN wines are very small productions, and with high scores… they will sell out fast! She makes the wines at the Tench Caves, and I am sure Russell might be looking over her shoulder once in a while (… or maybe not).
Morgado 2018 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown, Santa Rita Hills
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Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “The 2018 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown comes from a great vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills and is a powerful, full-bodied, concentrated wine that’s very much in the style of the estate. Smoked earth, chocolate, brambly herbs, and savory red and black fruits pack the nose, and it’s already drinking nicely, yet I suspect it will evolve for at least 4-5 years, probably longer.”
Winemaker Notes: “Sourced from the peak of Rita’s Crown, this Pinot Noir stains the glass with a deep garnet hue. The nose is a kaleidoscope of lusciously enticing aromas. As you swirl, the Oolong tea, rose petals, ripe red nectarine and yuzu rise above the glass. Confidently flamboyant this wine gives you more layers with each return to it. Tree ripened mission fig, black plum, orange zest, and wild sage knit together with dense black cherry to a succulent, complete finish. The decadent nature of this Pinot Noir is buttressed by focused acidity that is inherent to this wildly celebrated site.”
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