2013 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

 

From the esteemed cool-climate Turner Vineyard in the northern corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this little gem of a vineyard benefits from an incredible landscape comprised of a sandy riverbed and gentle hills facing both north and south. Our four rows of vines have dark, clay-based soil with calcareous chunks and are very exposed to the Sta. Rita Hills wind. In a recent tasting our winemaker, Matt Brady, captured the essence of our 2013 Turner Pinot Noir with these thoughts: this elegant, old world style wine has sweet herbal aromatics with mushroom, smoked meat, bay leaf and umami notes all emerging from this earthy Pinot Noir.  

Production notes
  • The grapes were hand-harvested from Turner Vineyard in the northwestern part of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The botella clay soil provides a rich, structured wine
  • 75% whole-cluster fermentation in small lots (2 tons)
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • We hand punched each fermentor twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavors
  • After primary fermentation was complete we extended maceration for up to 30-35 days to further extract color, tannins and flavor
  • Pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle
  • Aged in 25% new French oak for 22 months prior to bottling, no fining or filtering with two rackings before bottling.and then another year in bottle prior to releasing.
  • Clones 170, 777 & Pommard
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardTurner Vineyard
Sugar23.4
Acid0.58
PH3.59
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Alcohol13.80%
Wine Style25% new French oak; 75% Whole Cluster : unfined &
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced170
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