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: Arita Hills continues to be our most feminine expression of Pinot Noir. Generally lighter in color, supple and very aromatic. 2012 was an excellent red wine vintage with moderate weather conditions ideal for gradual ripening. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness.

Gold Medal 2017 Monterey Wine Competition

Suggested Retail Price:

2012 Arita Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 48.00

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Oct. 25-26, 2012
Sugar: 24.2-25.7 Brix

100% Arita Hills
Santa Rita Hills

Barrels: 8 French Oak Barrels
38% new
Total Acid: .66
pH: 3.57
Alcohol: 13.4%
Sugar: Dry

Bottling Date: Aug. 18, 2013
Production: 190 Cases