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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.

2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita
Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Fe Ciega 83%; Arita Hills 9%; Cloud 9 8%

Production: 634 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.2%
pH: 368
Titratable acidity: 0.55 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $32

 

The Harvest
The harvest of 2014 began very early due to consistent warmer than normal
temperatures in August. The grapes for the Lovely Rita blend were harvested
on August 22nd & 23rd with sugar contents averaging 22.4 Brix and excellent
acidity.
Winemaking
Traditionally this blend has consisted primarily of grapes from our estate vineyard,
Fe Ciega, but this year it includes grapes from two other Sta. Rita Hills vineyard
sources: Arita Hills and Cloud 9. All of the grapes were 100% destemmed and
crushed into our Ganimedes fermenter or small open top fermentation tanks.
After an average ten days of fermentation, the wines were pressed off and settled
in tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 12% of
the blend was aged in new barrels in an effort to preserve the beautiful fruit
aromatics. The wine was bottled in August 2015.
The Wine
The wine’s color is a brilliant ruby and the aroma is a complex mix of herbs,
spices and leather with accents of dried berries. On the palate the wine is rich
with flavors of dried currants and a hint of walnut shell tannins. The acidity is
perfectly balanced, as is the oak flavor. The tannins are silky smooth, but will
soften with three to five years of additional bottle age.
Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with grilled bread topped with wild mushrooms and burrata, duck
breast, braised veal shanks and other savory meat courses.

The Harvest
The harvest of 2014 began very early due to consistent warmer than normal temperatures in August. The grapes for the Lovely Rita blend were harvested on August 22nd & 23rd with sugar contents averaging 22.4 Brix and excellent acidity.

Winemaking
Traditionally this blend has consisted primarily of grapes from our estate vineyard, Fe Ciega, but this year it includes grapes from two other Sta. Rita Hills vineyard sources: Arita Hills and Cloud 9. All of the grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into our Ganimedes fermenter or small open top fermentation tanks. After an average ten days of fermentation, the wines were pressed off and settled in tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 12% of the blend was aged in new barrels in an effort to preserve the beautiful fruit aromatics. The wine was bottled in August 2015.

The Wine
The wine’s color is a brilliant ruby and the aroma is a complex mix of herbs, spices and leather with accents of dried berries. On the palate the wine is rich with flavors of dried currants and a hint of walnut shell tannins. The acidity is perfectly balanced, as is the oak flavor. The tannins are silky smooth, but will soften with three to five years of additional bottle age.

Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with grilled bread topped with wild mushrooms and burrata, duck breast, braised veal shanks and other savory meat courses.

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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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