2013 Pinot Noir - Las Hermanas Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Pinot Noir - Las Hermanas Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Las Hermanas Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Bold, rich and explosive, the 2013 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas Vineyard is a classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot built on exuberant fruit and a real sense of flamboyance. The 50% whole clusters are nearly buried. Lavender, violet, cloves, new leather and licorice wrap around a core of blue/purplish-hued fruits. Even with all of its overtness, the 2013 retains striking freshness. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2016)

91+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

Showing more masculine notes of peppery herbs, underbrush, smoked dark fruits and licorice, the 2013 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas (50% stems and 20 months in 30% new French oak) is rich and meaty on the palate, with plenty of fine tannin showing on the finish. I like its overall balance and purity, and it should be even better this time next year. - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (Aug 2016)

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Las Hermanas Vineyard from the same 12 rows of sandy soil
  • 50% 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 115 & 777
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardLas Hermanas Vineyard
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced210

94 Points - Antonion Galloni, Vinous

91+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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