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.

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2015 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2015 vintage was early and light yielding fruit with exceptional flavor concentration. The vines experienced no hard dormancy and above average temperatures in February resulting in an early bud break, flowering and fruit set. The drought caused the vines to struggle and produce smaller berry size and overall cluster size which resulted in high quality wines that are rich, complex and intense in character. Harvest occurred from August 19 - October 1, 2015.
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.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
PH: 3.35
ACIDITY: 7.1 g/l
ABV: 14.1%
AGING: 18 months 30% new French Oak
Unique Selling Points
  • 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.

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
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.
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