Pinot Noir sourced from the Rio Vista Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, California. Such an amazing vineyard and delicious wine!
Blend of Dijon 115 and 667 clones and Swiss Wadenswil 2A.
This wine exhibits flavors of spicy bing cherries poured over flinty pencil shavings. Lifted nose of spice cake and rhubarb. Simmering acidity.
Drink now or hold.
↓ Reviews / Customer Tasting Notes ↓
92 POINTS " Really nice complexity, but needs lots of air or more cellar time. Starts dense, then moves into a drinkable settled stage only to be surpassed 3 days later by its peak with nice balanced spice and fruit. Overall very good. "
90 POINTS Purely Domestic Wine Report (Vol. 5.4)
92 POINTS CellarTracker
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VINTAGE / VARIETAL: 2013 Pinot Noir
VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Pinot Noir
HARVEST DATE: September 26th, 2013
GRAPE SOURCING: Rio Vista Vineyard
VITICULTURAL AREA: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
VINEYARD SITE: 26 acres, north and south facing with western exposures. Elevation: 400 feet, 22 miles from the coast.
SOIL TYPE: Limestone, sedimentary soils and marine layer of sandy loam.
CLONAL SELECTION: Dijon Clones 115, 667 & 2A
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: Buona Terra Farming / John Belfy
JUICE ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: 24.8 Brix, ph 3.54
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14%
BOTTLING DATE: March 2015
AGEABILITY (estimated): Through 2021
OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW (estimated): Now through 2021
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 70 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Destemmed, fermented in 1-ton open top fermenters. Aged in 100% French oak barrels. 20% new French oak, 80% 2-year old French oak.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This wine may exhibit tartrate crystals (sometimes referred to as “wine diamonds”) in bottle neck / on cork. This is a natural occurrence which shows the wine to have been minimally handled in the cellar. Decant at least 1 hour before serving.