2020 Deovlet Pinot Noir, Zotovich Family Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara – NEW VINTAGE!

2020 Deovlet Pinot Noir, Zotovich Family Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara – NEW VINTAGE!



We are just about to leave for Corsica, however I wanted to take a moment to alert you to this opportunity!  No Pinot Noir aficionado should miss out on this very special 2020 Deovlet Pinot Noir Zotovich Family Vineyard from Santa Rita Hills.  After sampling I can again attest this wine possesses a very refined and elegant “Burgundian” expression which can be so disarming as the lighter-bodied structure and color certainly are NOT indicative of the immense aromatics, incredible transparency, and seductive red fruits, and complex floral and wood spices that are this wines signature.  Seamless and sumptuous, but perfectly balanced for cellaring too!

 Equally as good, if not better than the brilliant 2019 which sold out instantly and was rated by Wine Advocate at 95 points (continue to scroll down to see all my pertaining notes).  No ratings yet for the 2020, but I have requested a hold on the remaining 42 bottles, and just waiting for confirmation.  Should be $69.95 – Now available to reserve at $63.95 a bottleNo payment until the wine arrives our first day back in the store on Friday July 7th.


While visiting family in Kona, Hawaii, the memorable flavor of single-plantation coffee opened Ryan Deovlet’s mind to a whole new universe. In 2003, bitten by the “ag-bug,” he discovered the Willing Workers on Organic Farms program which allowed him to learn and work across vineyards in Australia and New Zealand. During that time he bounced around the Hunter and Yarra Valleys  before working the 2004 harvest in Mornington Peninsula at Turramurra Estate. From there, travels swept him to Central Otago and Hawkes Bay to prune alongside vineyard crews.

Upon returning to California in 2005, he spent 2 years  with Central Coast legend Stephen Dooley, owner/winemaker of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars.  Motivated to stretch his education, get exposed to a wide variety of winemaking styles, and work with new vineyard sources, Ryan became assistant winemaker at Red Car Wine Company in 2007.  While there, he soaked up invaluable tips from consulting winemaker David Ramey, highly renowned winegrower Ulises Valdez, and sought-after soil scientist Dr. Daniel Roberts.

More excited than ever to dive deep into the world of wine, Ryan trekked to Vina Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina to work the 2008 harvest under the tutelage of renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs. Inspired, he returned to California in the spring of 2008 and sat in front of Richard Sanford sharing his desire to source from one of the pioneers of California Pinot Noir—and with that, in the 2008 vintage Deovlet Wines was born with two tons (~100 cases) of Pinot Noir from the La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills AVA.

Zotovich Family Vineyard lies on the northside of the Santa Rita Hills AVA, along the Highway 246 corridor about 8 miles from the ocean between Melville on the east and Foley on the west.  The vineyard sits at about 350 feet asl, and has mainly sandy soils, light loam and elemental diatomaceous earth with north-south vineyard row orientation.  Planted in 1999 with sectional grafting in 2004.  Pinot Noir Clone 114 & 115 (Rootstock 1103p)

“Medium ruby, the 2019 Pinot Noir Zotovich Family Vineyard has notably pure, layered aromas of cranberry and blackberry with accents of underbrush, cinnamon stick, licorice and orange peel that open to more detail as it spends time in the glass. Light-bodied, chalky and fresh, it offers tremendous concentration-to-weight ratio, its core of spicy fruit lingering long after the wine has gone. It’s a very elegant Pinot with plenty of upfront allure or the ability to develop savory complexity in bottle over the next decade. 2023-2033.” – 95 points, Wine Advocate (Erin Brooks – December 2022)

My Tasting Notes – The Zotovich Family Vineyard 2019 is one of the more fascinating Pinots I have tried in recent memory.  More delicately colored and lighter-bodied than the La Encantada, but then for its “mere” 13.0% alcohol, the aromatics and flavors are amplified and very complex.  The fruit is a lovely blend of cranberry, pomegranate and cherry!  But there are unexpected, but delightful and very compelling savory notes unwinding which hint of tea, fresh sprouted spring herbs and loam, dried citrus peel, ground spice and peppers.  Call it SRH “coastal garrigue”.  Can’t wait to try this elegant, kaleidoscopic wine again.

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