Arita Hills Vineyard 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.
Arita Hills is a small vineyard, adjcent to our own, which we farm and harvest for the owner. It has consistently produced high quality fruit of which we select the finest to bottle under the Arita Hills Vineyard designate label.
Winemaker's comments: This vintage of Arita Hills Pinot Noir consists of 50% clone 667, 38% 115 and 12% 777. Clone 667 was picked 11 days before the other two. Clone 667 in lighter soil and a westerly exposure provides structure and density to the wine while the other two clones contribute red fruit aromatics.
Suggested Retail Price: 48.00
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Oct. 4-15, 2011
Sugar: 24.8-25.0 Brix
100% Arita Hills
Santa Rita Hills
Barrels: 8 French Oak Barrels
Total Acid: .67
Bottling Date: Aug. 23, 2012
Production: 186 Cases