Pinot Noir grapes can attain a wondeiful depth of flavor when grown in Santa Barbara County's cool marine climate and distinctive sandy soils. In this wine, aromas of fresh blueberry and raspberry follow through with a rich palate and elegant finish.
Santa Rita Hills is a transverse mountain range along the Pacific Ocean. This unique landscape allows the marine air to flow directly into the valley, keeping the vines covered with very cool temperatures during the ripening season, and producing grapes with rich, bright perfume-like Pinot Noir flavors. Santa Maria Valley, just to the north, has similar climate tempered by marine air but its slightly warmer temperature allows fruit to develop generous amounts of rich texture and complex flavor.
Fermentation: Crushed into small open top fermenters and cold-soaked for two days, the must was inoculated and fermented on the skins for two weeks to develop full rich flavor and structure.
Cooperage / Aging: aged for 12 months in French oak barrels
Bottling Date: October 25, 2017
Aromas: blueberry, cherry, raspberry
Palate: finely textured, rich Pinot flavors, long fruit finish
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Acid: 0.64 g/100ml
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