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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2009 Pinot Noir
Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2009 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard

Production: 110 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.4%
pH: 3.55
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/mL
Cellaring potential: 3 to 5 years
Bottle price: $45

 

The 2009 growing season was nearly ideal. Although there was some hot weather
in early September, it was not severe enough to cause any over-ripening issues
with the Pinot Noir. The fruit was sourced from a block of the vineyard composed
of a clay loam soil, on a west facing slope. It is made up entirely of the Dijon 667
clone which typically produces hearty and robust wine.
The grapes were harvested on September 22nd at a relatively low sugar level
of 22.8° Brix. After a three day cold soak period, the must was inoculated.
We experimented by using about 12% whole clusters in one of the bins. This
technique added a spicy quality to the aromatics, and a tannic edge to the texture
of the wine. The grapes were pressed off after fourteen days in the fermenter,
and then transferred to French oak barrels, of which about 30% were new. The
wine was fined, filtered and bottled in late August, 2010.
The wine has a beautiful, dark ruby color with almost black edges. The aromas
are a complex mix of spices including cinnamon, and briary blackberry. On the
palate, the wine displays deep, rich flavors of ripe cherries and a hint of sweet
pipe tobacco. The finish has a slight tannic edge which should soften with two to
three years of bottle aging.
This wine’s excellent acidity, and relatively low alcohol content, has resulted in
one of the most balanced wines we have produced from the outstanding grapes
at Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard.
This wine will pair well with lighter meats such as veal, rabbit, pork, chicken and turkey.

The 2009 growing season was nearly ideal. Although there was some hot weather in early September, it was not severe enough to cause any over-ripening issueswith the Pinot Noir. The fruit was sourced from a block of the vineyard composed of a clay loam soil, on a west facing slope. It is made up entirely of the Dijon 667 clone which typically produces hearty and robust wine.

 

The grapes were harvested on September 22nd at a relatively low sugar level of 22.8° Brix. After a three day cold soak period, the must was inoculated. We experimented by using about 12% whole clusters in one of the bins. This technique added a spicy quality to the aromatics, and a tannic edge to the texture of the wine. The grapes were pressed off after fourteen days in the fermenter, and then transferred to French oak barrels, of which about 30% were new. Thewine was fined, filtered and bottled in late August, 2010.

 

The wine has a beautiful, dark ruby color with almost black edges. The aromas are a complex mix of spices including cinnamon, and briary blackberry. On the palate, the wine displays deep, rich flavors of ripe cherries and a hint of sweet pipe tobacco. The finish has a slight tannic edge which should soften with two to three years of bottle aging.This wine’s excellent acidity, and relatively low alcohol content, has resulted in one of the most balanced wines we have produced from the outstanding grapes at Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard.

 

This wine will pair well with lighter meats such as veal, rabbit, pork, chicken and turkey.

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Other Past Releases

2001 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2001 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2002 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Wine Club Selection - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2003 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2004 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2005 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2006 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara County
2006 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2007 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2008 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2009 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2010 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - 30th Anniversary - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2011 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2012 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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