Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Pommard, 667, 777, 459 and 113
Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
TA: 6.4g/L | pH: 3.51 | Alcohol: 13.9%
Fruit was sourced exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, each sited to benefit from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean. The Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard is planted on steep, south-facing slopes in limestone soils. Rancho Las Hermanas is the westernmost property in the AVA, with vines growing in over six different soil types, all of ancient marine origin.
The 2018 growing season got off to a fast start with a warm February, followed by a cooler spring. Warm weather arrived mid-June with no extreme heat spikes, allowing the grapes to retain their acid levels with slow and steady maturation of flavors. Picking was three weeks later than usual, but the gradual ripening rendered rich and in-depth flavor profiles that were worth the wait.