Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Foley Estates

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Region: America / California / 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.

93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2016 vintage
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harvest note

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.

tasting note

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.

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.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
PH: 3.61
ACIDITY: 6.8 g/L
ABV: 14.4%
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
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“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.”

– Dave Frazier, Winemaker

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