2017 Martellotto "Le Bon Temps Roule" Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

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About the Wine

Loosely translated from Cajun French, the name of Greg Martellotto’s latest Pinot phenom means “Let the Good Times Roll.” It’s an appropriate phrase; this elegant limited-production expression of some of California’s most sought-after Pinot grapes brings the party, at a price that won’t crush a wine lover’s wallet. Sensual notes of oak, lavender and raspberry seamlessly transition from the nose to the palate, where they’re accompanied by a voluptuous structure and sublime balance.  

The 2017 vintage is sourced from the exciting new project at Spear Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. The grapes are farmed organically. Located just over a hill from the Seasmoke vineyard and south of Highway 246, these are some very lovingly and attentively farmed vines.

The wine aged in 100% French oak, 10% new. It was bottled after 11 months to maintain a freshness and vivacity. Like all great Pinots, this wine is a bit of a seductress. It allures with notes of spice, light cedar, and a bright raspberry. Slowly, it reveals itself with aeration.

Reviews

Awarded Double Gold Medal at New Orleans International Blind Wine Competition 2019

Awarded 94 pts & Double Gold Medal at Las Vegas Global Wine Competition 2019

Awarded 92 pts from Dr. Rusty Gaffney at PinotFile

Awarded Silver Medal by TheFiftyBest.com