2014 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Turner Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

The Turner Vineyard sits on 21 acres adjacent in the northern part of the Sta. Rita Hills. There are about 3 acres of Syrah planted at this dramatically cool site, with the balance planted to mostly Pinot Noir. The soils at Turner Vineyard are dark and clay-based with chunks of calcareous deposits throughout. 

“The 2014 Pinot Noir Turner Vineyard is very pretty and silky.  Aromatic and light on its feet, it is a wine of total finese.  Sweet floral notes, and bright red-toned fruit add complexity.  This is an understated, classy Pinot Noir from SAMsARA" 

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Turner Vineyard in the northern 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 30% 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 278, 777, & Pommard
Vintage2014
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardTurner Vineyard
Sugar23.4
Acid0.58
PH3.58
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced102

92 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

92+ points - The Wine Advocate

90+ points - Jeb Dunnuck

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