2017 Deovlet "La Encantada Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Blanc (Previously $35)

SKU #1400891 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Lastly, the 2017 Pinot Blanc La Encantada Vineyard is all varietal and was brought up in neutral barrels. It has a clean, pure bouquet of green citrus, honeysuckle, and hints of spice to go with a rounded, layered, impeccably balanced, seamless white. It's racy and vibrant, yet has solid texture and is, again, beautifully balanced.  (10/2019)

K&L Notes

The folks at Deovlet are dedicated to creating a seamless balance between varietal and terrior, with minimal intervention during the winemaking process. Winery note: "A lovely and inviting wine with crisp, lifted aromatics offering notes of pear, apple, lychee, honeydew melon, jasmine, and green almond. Refreshing and beautifully balanced, this wine is soft and approachable, but with bright tangy acidity and a stony palate presence. Aged for 6 months in neutral barrels and an additional 4 months in stainless steel."

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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
If had to pick one AVA to spend the rest of my time in it would be Santa Rita Hills. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of production for varietals outside of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Even though I absolutely love Pinot and Chard it is nice to mix things up. When I tried Deovlet's Pinot Blanc and I was in heaven. Coming from La Encantada vineyard in the south side of the region, this wine delivers classic diatomaceous S.R.H minerality and freshness. Flint, pear, honeysuckle, jasmine, and melon are all directed by racy laser-focused acidity. I’m not sure what I meant by that.. but I sure love this wine!

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.