Pinot Noir 2016 Sta. Rita Hills
Grown in the white sand soil and cool marine climate of the Santa Rita Hills, these grapes attain an amazing depth of flavor. Wonderful aromas of fresh blueberry and raspberry follow through in a rich palate and elegant finish.
About this wine
Lush blueberry, cherry and raspberry aromas, rich texture and elegant finish. Pairs with grilled salmon, baked mushroom dishes and roast duck.
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Sta. Rita Hills
- 0.54 g/100ml
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 (with no hills in the way), keeping the vines covered with very cool temperatures during the ripening season. Zotovich Vineyard (113 and 114 clones) is close to the ocean with white beach sand soil, and produces grapes with rich, bright perfume-like Pinot Noir flavor. Sebastiano Vineyard (“Swan” clone), located up in the hills at the northeast edge of the Santa Rita Hills, provides fruit with generous amounts of rich texture and complex flavor.
Harvest: September 14th, 2016
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 9 months in French oak barrels (10% new, 90% 2-3 year old).
Bottling Date: June 28, 2017
C olor: rich ruby
Aromas: blueberry, cherry, raspberry
Palate: finely textured, classic Santa Rita Pinot flavors, long fruit finish