2014 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Vina Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Vina Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Vina Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Tasting notes

The Pinot Noir Rancho La Viña Vineyard is a stunning example of what this iconic vineyard can produce. Rose petal, quinine, sweet spices, blood orange and chalk give much of its unique, exotic personality. Lifted and gracious on the palate, striking depth throughout. The wine's structure is implied more than overtly stated.

Production notes

Hand-harvested grapes from Rancho La Vina Vineyard which has low fertility - sandy loam and clay - resulting in concentrated berries. 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. We 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.

Varietal100& Pinot Noir
Varietal CompositionClones Pommard & 777
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardRancho La Vina
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced356

95 points - Jeb Dunuck

“Another stem dominated cuvee that offers tons of charm and texture on the palate. Peppery herbs, tapenade, currants, smoked earth and stem notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, impressively textured Pinot Noir” - Jeb Dunnuck

92+ points - The Wine Advocate

92 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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