2015 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

Matt's Tasting Notes:  100% Pommard clone. The 2015’s have great density and concentration.  Dark, textured, polished, with a saturating mouthfeel.  Black cherries, figs and dates up front, richness and red fruit on palate and finish.  Complex and interesting.

96 Points - Spiced cherries, dried earth, sous bois, and rose petal notes all emerge from the 2015 Pinot Noir Kessler-Haak Vineyard. This lighter ruby-colored effort has rocking complexity, medium body, and a silky, elegant, beautifully balanced profile on the palate. A wine that spent 22 months in 25% new French oak, it's the finest Pinot Noir I've tasted from SAMsARA - Jed Dunnuck

Tasting notes

Matt's Tasting Notes:  100% Pommard clone. The 2015’s have great density and concentration.  Dark, textured, polished, with a saturating mouthfeel.  Black cherries, figs and dates up front, richness and red fruit on palate and finish.  Complex and interesting.

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Kessler Haak Vineyard
  • 40% 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 33% 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.
  • Clone Pommard
Vintage2015
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardKessler Haak
Sugar24.4
Acid0.60
PH3.66
Aging20 months barrel
Fermentationnative yeast
Alcohol14.50%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced70

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