95pts Jeb Dunnuck
One of the standouts is the 2016 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard, which comes from a hillside site in the Arroyo Grande and vines planted in 1982. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, it’s a powerful, opulent wine (especially when compared to the East Rincon release) and has awesome notes of ripe strawberries, red and black currants, spice, and forest floor. Elegant yet concentrated, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and with fabulous intensity, drink this gorgeous Pinot Noir any time over the coming decade or more.
93pts Wine Enthusiast
Dark blackberry, elderberry, elderflower and sweet tar aromas show on the nose of this 30th anniversary bottling for the regionally pioneering winery. The palate is complex and vivid with flavors of boysenberry paste, lavender and rosemary blossom, and also picks up a dried beef element into the finish.
The 2016 vintage of Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir offers aromas of fresh raspberry and cranberry with a subtle touch of potpourri. Bright red cherry notes on the palate are complemented by white pepper and bay leaf. Try pairing this Pinot Noir with pork belly tacos with hoisin.