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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.

2015 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita
Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Fe Ciega (73%) Cloud 9 (16%) Drum Canyon (11%)

Production: 463 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.4
pH: 3.70
Titratable acidity: 0.62 g/100ml.
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $32

 

The Harvest
The 2015 harvest began even earlier than in 2014. On August 18th we harvested
the Pinot Noir grapes from our estate vineyard Fe Ciega that we use for our Lovely
Rita bottling. The average sugar content was 23.3 Brix with excellent acidity. We
also sourced from two other vineyards in the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills
AVA - Cloud 9 and Drum Canyon.
Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into our Ganimedes fermenter
or small open top fermentation tanks. After an average of 12 days of fermentation,
the wines were pressed off and settled in tanks before being transferred to French
oak barrels for aging. Only 9% of the blend aged in new barrels in an effort to
preserve the beautiful fruit aromatics. The wine was bottled in August 2016.
The Wine
The color is brilliant ruby with a complex aroma of rose petal and floral notes
followed by strawberries, cranberries and a hint of orange peel. On the palate
the wine is medium bodied with flavors of dried red berries and black tea. The
wine has light, dusty tannins indicating it will benefit from extended bottle aging.
The wine’s high acidity gives it a fresh, vibrant character making it a perfect
companion to a variety of meals.
Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with a variety of fish, including cod in red wine sauce, cioppino,
and side dishes such as mushroom risotto.

The Harvest
The 2015 harvest began even earlier than in 2014. On August 18th we harvested the Pinot Noir grapes from our estate vineyard Fe Ciega that we use for our Lovely Rita bottling. The average sugar content was 23.3 Brix with excellent acidity. We also sourced from two other vineyards in the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA - Cloud 9 and Drum Canyon.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into our Ganimedes fermenteror small open top fermentation tanks. After an average of 12 days of fermentation, the wines were pressed off and settled in tanks before being transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 9% of the blend aged in new barrels in an effort to preserve the beautiful fruit aromatics. The wine was bottled in August 2016.

The Wine
The color is brilliant ruby with a complex aroma of rose petal and floral notes followed by strawberries, cranberries and a hint of orange peel. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavors of dried red berries and black tea. The wine has light, dusty tannins indicating it will benefit from extended bottle aging. The wine’s high acidity gives it a fresh, vibrant character making it a perfect companion to a variety of meals.

Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with a variety of fish, including cod in red wine sauce, cioppino, and side dishes such as mushroom risotto.

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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
2015 Pinot Noir, Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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