Santa Rita Hills
2013 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: Seven Clones of Pinot Noir are present in this wine which come from 6 different blocks in the Lafond and Burning Creek Vineyards.
Eighteen different fermenters were used. This mixture and blend allows for layering of complexity and brings out the character of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
91 Points 2015 Wine Enthusiast
Double Gold - The 50 Best/California Pinot Noir
Gold Medal 2016 Texsom International Wine Awards
Suggested Retail 27.00/750ml.