Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Region: America / California / Sta. Rita Hills

The fruit for this Pinot Noir is sourced from two estate vineyards in cool-climate Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The grapes are harvested based on the ripeness of the tannins, which for Pinot Noir usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix. The fruit is hand picked and hand sorted in the vineyard during the cool morning hours to preserve the aromatics. The clusters are gently de-stemmed with no crushing, and the must is cold soaked in open-top fermenters before inoculation. Each tank is manually punched down daily throughout maceration. Individual lots are vinified and barrel aged separately, spending approximately 18 months in French oak before blending and bottling, with additional time resting in the cellar before release.

91 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2011 vintage
88 Points

Wine Spectator

2011 vintage
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tasting note

Deep, dark and concentrated, this wine features generous aromas of raspberry, Bing Cherry, root beer and leather. On the palate, this wine’s multiple layers speak to flavors of cherry cola, strawberry marmalade and forest floor.

food pairing

This is the perfect accompaniment for pulled pork sliders, chicken coq au vin as well as most grilled or roasted poultry and seared tuna.

points of distinction

  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA is extremely well-suited and best known for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
  • Individual lots are vinified and barrel aged separately, spending approximately 18 months in French oak before blending.
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“Our austere growing conditions and intense farming practices create wines that are elevated, elegant and aromatic.”

– Lorna Kreutz, Winemaker

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