2021 Pinot Noir

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County

The 2021 Royal Prince Pinot Noir shows the classic characteristics of the Santa Rita Hills; salty, maritime headiness from the presence of fog off the Pacific Ocean, and cherry-cola raised aromatics. Scented with notes of smoky cherry and raspberry coulis, there are savory aromas of peppery herbs and violets. Deeply textured with soft tannins and an elegant finish.

“Beautifully done on the palate,

with a medium-bodied, elegant texture, soft tannins, and a great finish, it certainly over-delivers at the price and is an undeniably delicious, impossible to resist Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years”

91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

On-Scene, Real-time Knowledge

Maayan’s role as Director of Winemaking for Atelier Melka finds him making the rounds in the vineyards of nearly every AVA in Napa and Sonoma Counties, from the pop of the first Pinot Noir bud in Russian River Valley all the way through the season until the last Cabernet Sauvignon berry is picked on Howell Mountain.

What this means is that he has a running list in his mind of the best-performing AVAs in the North Coast, even before harvest begins. In this way Maayan can focus his energies on the very best-performing sites and “sweet spots” when choosing fruit and wines to buy for the Royal Prince label.