Solomon Hills Vineyard, 2013
93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous - August 2015
92 Wine Enthusiast - February 2016
90 Wine Advocate - September 2015
From one of Santa Barbara Counties great growing regions, the Rusack 2013 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.
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. 395 cases were produced.
Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness
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.
Solomon Hills (100%), clones 667, 5 and 777
Alcohol: 14.10%, pH: 3.49, ta: 0.593 g/100ml