2014 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Surprisingly ripe and textured (this release is normally more delicate and ethereal), it has a core of sweet fruit, expands nicely on the palate and has terrific purity and fine tannin.

“has more depth, density and gravitas than the other wines in this collection, which highlights just how different these sites are. Translucent and deep with fabulous depth and overall balance the 2014 is superb today. The Pommard clone adds breadth, texture and volume.” 

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 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.
  • Clone Pommard
Varietal100% pinot noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardKessler Haak
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced51

94 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

92+ points - The Wine Advocate

92 points - Jeb Dunnuck

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