Sept. 8-Oct. 20, 2014
Sugar: 23.0-25.7 Brix
134 60gal. barrels
42 130gal. puncheons
Total Acid: .69
Bottled: Aug. 8-24, 2015
Produced: 5720 cases
Santa Rita Hills
2014 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 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 spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
Winemaker's Comments: In 2014 we had a good sized crop in spite of 3 years of drought. The canopy and vigor were low resulting in good color and flavors. 7 different clones were used producing this complex bottlng of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
Gold Medal 2017 San Diego International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 New York International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2018 Monterey International Wine Competition
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