Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
/ Sta. Rita Hills
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
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.
Wine Enthusiast2016 vintage
Due to an heat wave in early February, the growing season got off to a quick start with strong vine growth. The vines experienced warm weather in early August leading to a harvest from late August to early October.
A bold and expressive palate with cranberry, rhubarb, and red plum accented by a bright acidity. Hints of spicy tea and pepper linger on the finish. Aromas of fresh red plum, and freshly roasted coffee.
This is the perfect accompaniment for pulled pork sliders, chicken coq au vin as well as most grilled or roasted poultry and seared tuna.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
ACIDITY: 6.8 g/L
AGING: 18 months
points of distinction
- Sta. Rita Hills AVA is best known for producing world-class Pinot Noir
- Barrels aged separately, spending 18 months in French oak before blending
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.
– Dave Frazier, Winemaker
“The combination of climate and soil diversity found in the Sta. Rita Hills offer some of the best grape growing conditions I’ve ever seen.”