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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
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Fe Ciega Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills

Production: 444 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
pH: 3.78
Titratable acidity: 0.58g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Five to seven years
Bottle price: $55

 

Our Estate Vineyard
Fe Ciega is our only estate vineyard, planted by Rick in 1998 and expanded to a
total of 10 acres in 2008. The consistently high-quality wines produced from this
vineyard have earned it a reputation as one of the “grand cru” sites in the Sta.
Rita Hills viticultural appellation.
The Harvest
The 2014 growing season was characterized by warmer than normal temperatures
which accelerated the grapes’ maturation. We harvested during a very short, twoday
period on August 22nd and 23rd at an average sugar content of 22.8 Brix.
Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters.
After a four-day cold soak, the musts were inoculated with yeast. Following
fermentation, which averaged nine days, the wine was pressed off, settled
and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. 40% of the wine aged in new
French oak barrels. After 15 months of barrel aging, the lots produced from the
Pommard, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 clones were blended, fined and filtered prior
to bottling in February 2016.
The

Our Estate Vineyard
Fe Ciega is our only estate vineyard, planted by Rick in 1998 and expanded to a total of 10 acres in 2008. The consistently high-quality wines produced from this vineyard have earned it a reputation as one of the “grand cru” sites in the Sta.Rita Hills viticultural appellation.

The Harvest
The 2014 growing season was characterized by warmer than normal temperatures which accelerated the grapes’ maturation. We harvested during a very short, two day period on August 22nd and 23rd at an average sugar content of 22.8 Brix.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters. After a four-day cold soak, the musts were inoculated with yeast. Following fermentation, which averaged nine days, the wine was pressed off, settled and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. 40% of the wine aged in new French oak barrels. After 15 months of barrel aging, the lots produced from the Pommard, Dijon 115 and Dijon 667 clones were blended, fined and filtered prior to bottling in February 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a translucent medium ruby color. The nose is classic Fe Ciega, with a complex array of aromas including earth, spices, black cherries, sandalwood and a hint of oak vanillin. On the palate the wine is initially rich and soft, but the tannins become evident as they coat the mouth and persist on the tongue for a long time. The rich expansive flavors are similar to the aromas. The wine has the weight and impact of a much bigger wine in terms of alcohol level.

Food Pairing
This Pinot Noir will pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods, including salmon, lamb, duck, quail and rabbit.

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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
2013 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2014 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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