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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
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2011 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
100% Fe Ciega Vineyard

Production: 326 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
pH: 3.37
Titratable acidity: 0.64 g/100mL
Cellaring potential: Six to eight years
Bottle price: $48

The 2011 vintage was characterized by a mild extended harvest season. We began harvesting Pinot Noir grapes at our Estate Vineyard, Fe Ciega, on September 10th and finished on September 22nd. This slow ripening pace allowed me to fine tune the harvest dates of each clone and block at our vineyard. The average sugar level was approximately 23.5 Brix with excellent acidity. Our crop yield was the lowest since 2003 at 1.95 tons per acre.

This bottling of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir is a blend of all four clones that are planted at our vineyard. The blend is predominantly the Dijon 115 and 667 clones with lesser amounts of Pommard and Mt. Eden. Each lot was harvested, fermented and aged separately. The grapes were entirely destemmed and crushed into small open top fermenters. After a three day cold soak period, the must was inoculated and fermentation lasted an average of 12 days. The wine was pressed off, settled for three to four days and then racked to French oak barrels, of which 30% were new, where it aged for 14 months. The wine was so elegant and well balanced that it did not require any fining but was lightly filtered just prior to bottling in late January 2013.

The wine has a brilliant medium ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of ripe berries, with hints of cedar, desert sage and an intriguing Oriental spice. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a silky texture that gives way to bright acidity. The new oak component is so well balanced that it is indistinguishable from the wine's fruit tannins. This is one of the most elegant, refined vintages of Fe Ciega we have produced. As with all vintages of Fe Ciega Pinot Noir, this wine will benefit from some aeration before serving. Decanting for 30-60 minutes prior to serving is recommended.

Enjoy with salmon, cioppino and other savory dishes.

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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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