2013 Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Rita's Crown Vineyard
California: Santa Barbara County: Sta. Rita Hills
As our feature shows, more from Kimberly Hatcher is the theme today!
Yet another library release Morgado Pinot at its peak of joyful hedonism. Put your guard down and prepare to get your socks knocked off… If you dig that Aubert / Marcassin / Peter Michael pedal to the metal style - which is to say, Pinot Noir with afterburners, here’s a tiny not more at 55% OFF again. If you’re a fan of lighter, shyer Pinots though be warned, as this behemoth sure won’t fit that bill.
Kimberly honed her style under Russell “100 Points” Bevan, and we listened… so how we get these insane deals on wines like this that clearly should have been sold out a long time ago is beyond us.
We’ll let the PAIR of 95 Points speak for this one as they cover A LOT of what else can be said.
95 Points – Robert Parker
“The name Morgado comes from owner and winemaker Kimberly Hatcher’s grandmother, Mary Morgado, and these wines are homage to her strength of character. Kimberly works with Russell Bevan and is a volunteer firefighter as well, but she has a super talent for winemaking, seems totally driven to produce something world-class, and appears to be succeeding in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately, production of all her wines is relatively small, ranging from only 100 cases of the Sugarloaf to 200 of the Rita’s Crown and 125 of the Oakville Proprietary Red. Nevertheless, I loved these wines. Kimberly has obviously picked up a few lessons from her mentor, Russell Bevan, as these are all full-throttle, complex, savory, mouth-filling, delicious wines from California. From the Central Coast, Kimberly has produced a 2013 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown, which comes from two Dijon clones, 115 and 667. The wine was aged in 100% new French oak, split between Francois Frres and Gamba and 100% of the fruit was destemmed. With this wine, Kimberly seems to have nailed the elusive character of Pinot Noir in spades. A terrific, voluptuous mouthfeel, loads of sexy plum, Asian spice, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit are present in this medium to full-bodied, pure wine, which has absorbed all of its oak with seeming ease. Textured, lush and pure, this is another beauty to drink over the next decade or more. Drink 2015-2025.”
95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“These blockbuster styled beauties are made by Kimberly Hatcher, who has been a San Francisco firefighter since 1998 and a winemaker since 2009, where she’s trained under Russell Bevan. Both these wines are rich, concentrated, pleasure-bent efforts that deliver the goods. Starting out the two 2013s, the 2013 Pinot Noir Rita’s Crown was completely destemmed and brought up in new French oak barrels. From a terrific terroir that sits above Sea Smoke, La Rinconada, Sanford & Benedict and Fiddlestix, its deep ruby/plum color is followed by awesome notes of black cherries, camphor, dried earth, flowers, and Asian spices, with a touch of cured meats and forest floor developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied richness, a voluptuous, layered, hedonistic mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and blockbuster length are all present in this incredibly pure, layered, powerful Pinot Nori that will continue to impress for 10-15 years. This wine makes a mockery of the lean, austere, hollow wines found all too often in this region and I wish more producers would have the courage to harvest truly ripe fruit. Hats off again to winemaker Kimberly Hatcher. Drink 2018-2032.”
What the Winery Says
- Kimberly Hatcher
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
- Rita’s Crown Vineyard
- 18 months
- 100% new French oak
- 6 barrels