Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, 2012

90 Terroirist.com - A Daily Wine Blog, Isaac Baker – May 2014
90 Connoisseur’s Guide - June 2014
90 Wine Enthusiast 2014


$30.00

Pinot Noir is a demanding grape - each vintage deeply affected by changes in climate and soil composition. Fortunately for us, Santa Barbara County is both well suited to this noble grape and remarkably temperate, allowing us to produce award-winning wine year after year.

The Rusack SBC Pinot Noir is popular among restaurateurs. Packed with bright spicy flavors of strawberries, coffee, and caramel, it is a very approachable, food-friendly wine and a local favorite.

The grapes for this Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir hail from two vineyards, both influenced by the cooling fog of the nearby Pacific and perfectly suited for growing Pinot Noir. Upon delivery to the winery early in the morning, the grapes were de-stemmed and placed into small 1-ton bins, where they were punched down by hand 2-3 times each day. The resulting wine was transferred into French oak barrels, of which 20% were new, and aged for 10 months. It was then bottled unfiltered, given a few months of bottle aging to allow the flavors to integrate, and released in winter 2013. 1825 cases were produced.

Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-2 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 2-5 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
John Sebastiano (76%), Solomon Hills (24%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 14.2%, pH 3.41, ta 0.675 g/100ml

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Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills Reserve, 2012

91 Stephen Tanzer’s IWC – January 2014
90 Terroirist.com - A Daily Wine Blog, Isaac Baker – May 2014


$40.00

Santa Rita Hills (Sta. Rita Hills AVA) has quickly become a Santa Barbara County favorite location for Pinot Noir vineyards. Our Pinot Noir is a classic example of the ultra-premium quality that this area can produce. The wine has seductive aroma qualities of bright red cherries, red raspberries and cola. The flavors of black cherry and cinnamon, combined with velvety tannins, complete this elegant offering.

The grapes for our bottling of Pinot Noir hail from Fiddlestix Vineyard on the western edge and John Sebastiano on the northern edge of the appellation. Upon delivery to the winery, the grapes were gently de-stemmed, then cold soaked before the onset of fermentation. The fermenting “must” was punched down by hand twice each day. The new wine was then aged in a mixture of new (50%) and older French oak barrels for 11 months prior to being bottled without filtration. 450 cases of the Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills were produced.

Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-2 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 2-5 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Fiddlestix (61%), John Sebastiano (39%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 14.5%, pH 3.42, ta 0.649 g/100ml

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Pinot Noir
Solomon Hills Vineyard, 2012

92 Stephen Tanzer’s IWC – December 2013
93 Terroirist.com - A Daily Wine Blog, Isaac Baker – May 2014
92 Wine Enthusiast 2014


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From one of Santa Barbara County's great growing regions, the Rusack Solomon Hills Pinot Noir captures some of this region's classic characteristics. This wine contains notes of orange rind and cherry, which follow through on the palate. The sweet silky tannins make for a round and approachable wine that is also ageworthy.

The grapes were de-stemmed upon arrival at the winery in the early hours of the day and placed into one-ton macro bins for fermentation. Carefully tended, the grape “must” was punched down by hand twice each day to extract flavors and tannins from the skins and manage the fermentation temperature. Upon completion of fermentation, the new wine was transferred into French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, for ten months of aging. Bottled without filtration in August of 2013, the wine enjoyed six months of bottle aging before being released. 240 cases were produced.

Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-7 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Solomon Hills (100%), clones 667, 5 and 777

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 14.4%, pH: 3.40, ta: 0.675 g/100ml

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