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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.

2010 Pinot Noir
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2010 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
100 % Fe Ciega Vineyard

Production: 430 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
pH: 3.69
Titratable acidity: 0.54 g/100mL
Cellaring potential: 6-8 years
Bottle price: $48

The release of a new vintage of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir is always an exciting event for Diana, me and our staff. Since this is our only Estate vineyard, we all know the care that goes into growing Fe Ciega grapes. The special site that the vineyard occupies and the skillful winemaking effort always result in a spectacular wine.

The 2010 growing season was another year that experienced mild weather, which is ideal for gradual ripening of the grapes. Harvest commenced on September 16th and ended ten days later. Crop yields averaged slightly above normal at 3 tons per acre.

The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters. After a three day cold soak, the must was inoculated, and fermentation lasted an average of 12 days. The wine settled for several days before being transferred to French oak barrels for an aging period of 15 months. In order to preserve as much of the fruit aromatics and flavors as possible, only about 28% of the barrels were new. After barrel aging, the clarity and stability of the wine allowed it to be bottled without any fining or filtration. As the wine ages in the bottle, some natural sediment will form. Careful decanting will alleviate the issue.

The wine has a medium-dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex but seamless mixture of ripe berries, tobacco, and sage. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavors of ripe berries, herbs and a hint of sweet oak vanillin. The relatively high acidity combined with the light to moderate tannins indicates that cellaring the wine for three to six years is recommended. We are pleased with yet another elegant and regal rendition of Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills viticultural area.

As with all vintages of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir, this wine will benefit from some aeration before serving. Decanting 30-60 minutes prior to serving is recommended. It will pair well with a variety of dishes including fowl, rabbit, and pork loin with a currant sauce.

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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
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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