2016 Pinot Noir Reserve, Sta. Rita Hills
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.
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