2015 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Viña Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Viña Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Pinot Noir - Rancho La Viña Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

94 Points - The 2015 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby color with aromas of blueberries, roses, crushed stone, tobacco, saline and tangerine peel with rhubarb, strawberry, warm red and black cherries and blackberries with tinges of woodsmoke and earth. The light to medium-bodied palate is silky, featuring broody spices and fruits and swelling with pleasantly chewy tannins and juicy freshness before finishing with tons of vibrant energy. - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

93 Points - Smoked red fruits, dried herbs, sous bois, and earth all emerge from the 2015 Pinot Noir Rancho La Vina Vineyard. Another powerful, concentrated Pinot Noir, it balances its richness nicely with purity and elegance - Jeb Dunnuck

Tasting notes

Matt's Tasting Notes:  Big aromatics with spice and pretty red fruit aromatics, flavors of cherries, pomegranate, and strawberries. It has richness and a smooth saline texture on the palate as well as great depth and weight with a long persistent finish.

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Rancho La Vina Vineyard which has low fertility - sandy loam and clay - resulting in concentrated berries
  • 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 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.
  • Clones Pommard & 777
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardRancho La Vina
Sugar23.6
Acid0.59
PH3.60
Aging34 months
Fermentationnative yeast
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced390

94 Points - The Wine Advocate

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

91 Points - Antoino Galloni,  Vinous

91 Points - The Wine Enthusiast

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