Pinot Noir


Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, 2017

90 Jeb Dunnuck – 2019


$34.00

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 2017 Rusack SBC Pinot Noir is a favorite among restaurateurs. This wine is packed with bright juicy notes of strawberries, raspberries, and caramel, with subtle hints of orange meringue. Firm acidity and an elegant balance make for a very approachable food friendly wine.

The grapes for this Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir hail from three 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 31% were new, and aged for 11 months. It was then bottled unfiltered, given a few months of bottle aging to allow the flavors to integrate, and released in winter 2019. 972 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:
Solomon Hills (53%), John Sebastiano (28%), Fiddlestix (19%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 13.8%, pH 3.67, ta 0.590g/100ml

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Pinot Noir
Solomon Hills Vineyard, 2015

92 Vinous – 2017
90+ Wine Advocate - 2017
90 Jeb Dunnuck - 2017


$50.00

In Santa Maria Valley, Pinot Noir manifests itself in ways that are striking and unmistakable. Influenced as much by the earth as by the Pacific Ocean climate, Pinot Noir grapes from this region emerge deeply colored, intensely flavored and elegantly balanced. This Solomon Hills Pinot Noir is a compelling example of these singularly distinctive viticultural influences.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes: From one of Santa Barbara County's great growing regions, the RUSACK 2015 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir captures some of this region’s classic characteristics. The bouquet opens with hints of violet while bold notes of black cherry and raspberry follow through on the palate. The sweet silky tannins make for a round and approachable wine that is also age worthy.

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

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 2-4 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-7 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Solomon Hills Vineyards (100%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 13.6%, pH 3.50, ta 0.620 g/100ml

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Pinot Noir
Mt. Carmel Vineyard, 2016

90 Vinous – 2018


$65.00

The grapes for this bottling of Pinot Noir hail from Mt. Carmel Vineyard on the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Upon delivery to the winery, the grapes were gently de-stemmed, then cold soaked before the onset of fermentation. The fermenting must was then punched down by hang twice each day. The new wine was then aged in a mixture of new and older French oak barrels for 11 months prior to being bottled without filtration. Only 284 six pack cases were produced.

Santa Rita Hills (Sta. Rita Hills AVA) has quickly become an up and coming location for Pinot Noir vineyards. Our Mt. Carmel Vineyard Pinot Noir is a classic example of the ultra-premium quality that this area can produce. The bouquet opens with seductive aromas of ruby red grapefruit, Rainier cherry, vanilla and hints of chaparral, while silky tannins and an elegant finish follow through on the palate.

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:
Mt. Carmel (100%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 13.5%, pH: 3.51, ta: 0.573 g/100ml

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Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills Reserve, 2016

93 Vinous – 2018
92 Wine Advocate – 2019
90 Jeb Dunnuck – 2018


$40.00

The grapes for this wine come from two wonderful Santa Rita Hills vineyards: Fiddlestix, located on the western edge, and John Sebastiano on the northern edge of this incredible Burgundian AVA. After a pre-dawn harvest, the fruit was promptly delivered to our winery and, while still cool from the night air, the grapes were gently de-stemmed, cold soaked for 24 hours and fermentation started. For the following ten days of maceration, the must's cap was punched down by hand at least twice each day. The resulting wine was transferred into a mixture of new and older French oak barrels, and aged for 11 months prior to being bottled, unfiltered.

Showcasing classic Santa Rita Hills (Sta. Rita Hills AVA) characteristics, our Reserve Pinot Noir is a great example of the outstanding terroir-driven wines this area can produce. Enticing aromas of bright red cherries, red raspberries and cola jump from the glass while, on the palate, flavors of black cherry and cinnamon blend with velvety tannins for an elegant, silky mouth feel.

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

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 2-4 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-7 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
John Sebastiano (70%), Fiddlestix Vineyard (30%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 14.2%, pH 3.45, ta 0.637g/100ml

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