Composition: A blend of 5 clones from the Lafond Vineyard (Pommard, 115, 777, 828, and 667), the juice was 100% de-stemmed and fermented in open top tanks. The wine was aged in neutral 500 liter puncheons for 10 months and completed malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
Nose & Palate: It exhibits classic blackberry fruit aromatics that blend with a bit of brown spice and a hint of smoke and minerality. Flavors showcase an excellent dark berry character with hints of earth tones. A full-bodied palate with a long, savory finish makes it the perfect complement to hearty meat and game dishes.
Description: Santa Rita Hills is a world-renowned appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County that has earned acclaim for its Pinot Noir. Warm days and cool, foggy nights provide ideal growing conditions for this varietal. This complex wine reflects the rich, concentrated 2013 harvest.
Awards: Sta. Rita Hills Winery of the Year — 2016 New York International Wine Competition; 92 points 2015, Edible Arts; 91 points (gold), 2015, Beverage Tasting Institute; 89 points — Wine Enthusiast, May 2016 issue.