2015 Pinot Noir - Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Pinot Noir - Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Pinot Noir - Cargasacchi Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

94 Points - The 2015 Pinot Noir Cargassachi Vineyard comes from a site on the southern side of the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 22 months in 25% new French oak. I love its vibrancy on the nose and it offers a complex bouquet of sweet cherry and strawberry fruits, rose hips, green tea, and salty minerality. With medium body, a finesse-driven, elegant texture, and a great finish, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. - Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points - Pale to medium ruby, the 2015 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard has gorgeous aromas of gravel dust, rose petal and orange oil with notes of dusty earth, cracked pepper and prosciutto plus tons of latent fruit at the core: wild blackberries, black raspberries, warm raspberries, blueberries and black and red cherries. I could just go on and on smelling this. The light to medium-bodied palate is silky and saline, very slowly segueing to spicy, briary black fruits and smoky tinges, with a frame of chewy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very long and very spicy with tons of energy. - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

Tasting notes

Matt's Tasting Notes - Wow!  Dense, complex, dark, powerful aromatics with huge intensity and concentration on the palate.  It’s easy to get lost in these powerful aromatics….plums, dark berries, and holiday spices.  Lot’s of structure, this is a serious wine that definitely shows the density of 2015.  Mouthcoating and ready to take over your palate, the finish goes on seemingly forever.  Only 2 barrels made, save some for the cellar.

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Cargasacchi Vineyard from the same 5 rows of clay 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 30% 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 115
VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardCargassachi Vineyard
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced49

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points - The Wine Advocate

94 Points - The Wine Enthusiast

90 Points - Vinous

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