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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.

2011 Pinot Noir - Block M
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2011 Pinot Noir - Block M

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
100% Fe Ciega Vineyard
Block M

Production: 58 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
pH: 3.34
Titratable acidity: 0.68 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to eight years
Bottle price: $55

I am extremely excited to release this bottling from the newest vines at our Estate Vineyard. In 2008, I planted 1.25 acres of the Mt. Eden clone of Pinot Noir on the steepest area of Fe Ciega Vineyard, known as Block M. Having made other wines with this clone, I chose it because of its distinctive expression of Pinot Noir. This is the first harvest of Block M and because of the wine's exceptional and unique qualities, I chose to bottle it separately.

Because of the young vines' shallow roots and the steep south facing aspect of the block, the Mt. Eden grapes were the first to ripen. We harvested on September 10th with the sugar content at 24.8 Brix which was balanced with excellent acidity. The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open top fermenter. After a four day cold soak, the must was inoculated and fermentation commenced two days later. On September 23rd fermentation was complete and the must was pressed off. After settling, the wine was racked to French oak barrels, of which 30% were new, to begin aging. After 13 months of barrel aging, the wine was racked without fining, lightly filtered and bottled in December 2012.

The wine has an intense dark ruby color. The aromas are of dried black cherries, spice and vanillin. On the palate, it has rich, velvety, somewhat closed-in flavors. The moderate tannins are inhibiting the flavors at this point, but additional cellaring will temper the tannins and allow the flavors to come forward. The acidity is well balanced with the fruit. There is a hint of toasted oak in the mid-palate and finish. This is an intense, brooding style of Pinot Noir, which will reward the collector with a rich, complex example of Pinot Noir with a few more years of cellaring.

Serve with well seasoned meats, lamb shanks and wild game such as boar and venison.

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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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