Santa Rita Hills
2012 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: The wine is made up from the best barrels of the vintage. 28.5% Martin Ray Clone, 28.5% Pommard Clone, 14% Clone 113, 14% Clone 115 and 15% Clone 177. Each year the clonal composition changes as each year the wine from these clones may vary. This year Clone 113, which we had not used in this blend for some time, contributed with its aromatic and red fruit quality to the blend.
Gold Medal 2016 New York International Wine Competition.
Best of Class/Gold Medal 2016 Orange County Commecial Wine Competition Premium Category.
Gold Medal 2016 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
Suggested Retail: 55.00
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Dates: Sept. 12-29, 2012
Sugar: 24.6-25.3 Brix
14 Barrels, 4 new 28.5%
Total Acid: .66
Date Bottled: Aug. 19, 2013
Cases produced: 331