The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


The Valley runs west to east, opening a gap in the coastal range, allowing the late afternoon ocean fog to roll in where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.


The fog cools the vines from the day's summer heat and it is this combination of warm days and cool nights that gives the wine its complexity as well as providing acidity to give it structure.

Winemaker Comments: 2016 had a moderate crop with a low vigor canopy because of the continuing draught. The 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir features extremely high quality fruit from seven different clones and nine different fermenter lots.


Tasting Notes: The 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a deep ruby color. Delicate aromas of raspberries and violets combine with mild notes of cherry cola. Stewed Bing cherry, truffle and dried lavender complete the palate. This light-bodied red wine has strong tannins, and can easily stand up to smoked meats, game birds, or teriyaki salmon.



Gold Medal 2019 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

Best Pinot Noir 2019 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Comp- 95 points

Platinum Medal 2019 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Comp- 95 points

Wine Advocate- 90 points

Wine Enthusiast- 93 points

2016 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

SKU: 434015
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    80% Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir

    20% Burning Creek Ranch Pinot Noir

    AVA: Sta. Rita Hills


    September 1 - 15, 2016
    Sugar: 23.4 - 25.9 Brix



    August 22 - 24, 2017

    Alcohol: 14.8%
    Total Acid: .68
    pH: 3.35

    34 130 gallon puncheons, 36 60 gallon barrels

    18% new oak

    Production: 2,734 cases

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