Luxuriously built from four top vineyards and five Pinot Noir clones. This wine was never racked during judicious aging for 10 months in a combination of new, 1 year and neutral French oak that adds to it’s complexity and structure.
An elegant fruit filled wine layered with aromas of red fruit, spice, and toasted oak that gracefully slides into the mouth with a rich appealing texture. Plenty of verve and a persistent finish bodes well for aging.
La Encantada, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict are neighboring properties comprised of thin, nitrogen-deficient calcareous and siliceous soils of fine sandy loam on gentle north facing slopes a few hundred feet above the Santa Ynez River. Fog and ocean breezes traveling daily up the river valley provide a long, slow ripening season. These grapes give signature, concentrated, black cherry, and baking spices in a solid tannic structure. John Sebastiano is a south-facing vineyard on the eastern edge of the appellation on highway 246. Young plants are restrained by steep to moderate slopes and loam-clay soils, producing exceptional aromatics and silky texture.
Long cool open fermentations result in low extraction and fine tannins while preserving fruit.
Maybe the best vintage in recent memory for Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills. The wine is refined and elegant with luscious fruit and soft wood & fruit tannins. It is plush, soft and just plain delicious. It is world class wine made from four of the top Sta. Rita Hills vineyards and from five different Pinot Noir clones which adds to the complexity and quality of the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Our Pinot Noir is crisp and soft enough to go a variety of dishes. Pair with succulent chicken, turkey, pork, and duck. Grilled oily fish like Salmon and Ahi Tuna are perfect! The other magical pairing are mushrooms. For cool nights we like our Pinot Noir with braised meats and stews. Finish the meal with classic French Brie or Camembert.