The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2019 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County.
Vibrant dark violet in color with aromas of blueberry cream crepes, toasty pie crust, melcocha and flan laced with bright yet black fruit. The entry is mouth-filling, and expansive then segues to a chalky firmness with rounded edges. Flavors of blackberry, huckleberry, plum, French toast, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The finish lingers and acidity is perfectly balanced with notes of ripe but sour cranberry. This is not anything like burgundy, yet a wine that defies tradition and has elevated the way Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir should taste.