Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014
/ Sta. Rita Hills
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
The grapes are harvested based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir, this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2014 harvest coming in at a balanced 25.0. The fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted in the cool morning hours to preserve the aromatics. The clusters were then gently de-stemmed with no crushing. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for four days and then inoculated with yeast. Each tank was manually punched down daily throughout maceration. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, the free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. Next, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
Ultimate Wine Challenge2014 vintage
2014 was an abundant vintage for the third straight year. A warm spring led to the earliest bud break to date and conditions remained ideal from bloom to set. The yields were high in quantity and quality with larger than average berry size. The fruit achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame which allowed the grapes to generate bright acidity and pronounced tannin. The fruit was harvested from August 19 – October 10, 2014, the earliest harvest on record.
Aromatics of juicy cherry cola, raspberry sorbet, and faint notes of black pepper awaken your senses. The aromas are accented by flavors of red cranberry, soft oak and vanilla bean with angular tannin and a bright acidity. Notes of toasted graham cracker, sweet cigar, and black tea come through on the finish. This 2014 embodies the classic, yet distinctive attributes for which Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is known. Pair this wine with rare fillet steak and carpaccio.
This is the perfect accompaniment for pulled pork sliders or chicken coq au vin.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
ACIDITY: 7.18 g/L
AGING: 18 months in 25% new French oak
points of distinction
- Sta. Rita Hills AVA is extremely well-suited and best known for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- From marine-based soils with consistently cool weather thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property.
- Extended maceration yields a rich, chocolatey Pinot Noir.
vineyard details +
Rancho Santa Rosa
A 460-acre property of which 230 acres are planted to vines, Rancho Santa Rosa is located on steep, south-facing hillsides with limestone soils—elements of terroir that are essential to Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vintners. Pinot Noir grows at the highest reaches of the ranch, with elevations to 1,000 feet. The Chardonnay is established on the rolling hills surrounding the winery. There are also four acres of Syrah planted on the western corridor. The Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard is subdivided into 59 microblocks that are farmed, harvested and vinified separately, which allows a meticulous level of observation and management of the vineyards, and vinification according to the specific requirements of each small block of fruit. A variety of soil types matched to appropriate rootstocks, and a broad array of clonal selections also give the winemaking team the opportunity to make wines of great diversity and character.
about the grape +
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
– Ryan Aura, Winemaker
“Our austere growing conditions and intense farming practices create wines that are elevated, elegant and aromatic.”