Santa Rita Hills
2010 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 barrels with wine from 3 different clones. Each clone, 667, 777 and Pommard supplied 1/3 of the total. This, I believe, is our flagship Pinot Noir for the 2010 vintage.
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.
Gold Medal 2014 San Diego Int. Wine Competition
Suggested Retail: 55.00
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Dates: Oct. 30-Nov.8, 2010
Sugar: 25.7 Brix
6 Burgundy Barrels,
Total Acid: .67
Date Bottled: Sept. 1, 2011
Cases produced: 132