Santa Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir
The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning.
The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of Pinot Noir providing the necessary acid/sugar balance. In the winter when frost is our biggest concern.
A layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
We have over 75 acres of Pinot Noir in our own vineyards. Not only do soils vary from block to block but there are 8 different clones of just this variety. The whole permits Winemaker, Bruce McGuire, to create well balanced wines from many different components..
Winemaker's Comments: We selected the best barrels of the vintage from our Lafond Vineyard. Blended they show aromatic intensity and textural complexity. Wine from Clone 113 made it into the blend for the first time contributing a rich succulent red fruit to the whole.
Each vintage is different, what clones will make the top wine varies from year to year. We are fortunate to have 8 clones to select from as well as from multiple blocks with different soil conditions.
Best of Class/Gold Medal 2015 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Platinum Medal/Best Pinot Noir 2015 Winemaker Challenge
Gold 2015 Tasters Guild Wine Judging
93 Points 2015 Wine Enthusiast
Suggested Retail: 55.00
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Dates: Sept. 15-Nov.8, 2011
Sugar: 24.7-26.1 Brix
12 Burgundy Barrels,
Total Acid: .64
Date Bottled: Aug. 23, 2012
Cases produced: 281