Santa Rita Hills
2014 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.
Winemaker's comments: This wine is composed of 8 different clones of Pinot Noir from our Lafond Vineyard. Three different blocks from both the north and south side of the Santa Ynez River. Fermented in 17 separate lots. The wine exhibits concentrated dark fruit and ground spice aromatics.
Gold Medal 90 Points 2016 Monterey Wine Competition
Platinum Medal 95 Points 2016 Critics Challenge
Gold Medal 2016 Miami Best in Glass 'BIG'
Best Buy 2016 Connoisseurs' Guide
90 Points 2016 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2016 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
Gold Medal 2017 Monterey Wine Competition
90 Points 2017 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2017 Critics Challenge
Suggested Retail Price: 27.00
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Statistics | Bottle | Label | Open Bottle+glass
Aug.28 to Sept.20 2014
Sugar: 24.1-25.7 Brix
100% Lafond Vineyard
Barrels: 150 Oak Barrel lot
22% new French and Hungarian
100% malolactic fermentation
Total Acid: .67
Bottled: August 24-26, 2015
Production: 3718 Cases