Santa Rita Hills
2012 SRH 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 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.
Picked at night to take advantage of this coolness, the grapes are processed the next morning. Cooler grapes are firmer and suffer less damage in handling.
Winemaker Comments: 8 clones, spread over 15 fermenters. Lots from three Vineyards, from both sides of the Santa Ynez River. 2012 had even weather during Harvest which allowed us ro pick over a 5 week period at full ripeness. Our Vineyards in the South-East of the Santa Rita Hills produce aromatic Pinot Noirs with rich fruit flavor.
Suggested Retail 27.00/750ml.
Double Gold Medal 2014 Women's Intl. Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2014 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2014 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
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