Pinot Noir

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Beginning with our very first harvest in 1982, we have focused on sourcing our Pinot Noir grapes from only the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Of all of the grape varietals, Pinot Noir is the most sensitive to where and how it is grown. In the Santa Maria Valley, we source fruit from the renowned Bien Nacido Vineyard. In the Santa Rita Hills, we have made wine from a variety of vineyards over the years, but have recently narrowed down our sources to La Encantada, and our Estate Vineyard, Fe Ciega, which was planted in 1998. We are proud to say that the wines produced from Fe Ciega have consistently been amongst our most acclaimed wines.

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2013 Pinot Noir
Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley

2013 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
100% Bien Nacido

Production: 185 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.3%
pH: 3.66
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $50

The History
We are always proud to release our Pinot Noir from the renowned Santa Maria Valley vineyard, Bien Nacido. For over 20 years our grapes have come from Block N. Planted to the heritage Martini clone in the early 70s, it is one of the most coveted blocks of Pinot Noir.

The Harvest
The grapes were harvested on the night of September 9th, with an average sugar content of 23.6 Brix. The crop yield was 2.3 tons per acre.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. After two days of cold soaking the must was inoculated with two different yeast strains. After a 14-day fermentation period, the wine was pressed off into a tank to settle for a few days. It was then racked to French oak barrels, of which 36% were new. The wine aged for 15 months before being lightly fined, filtered and bottled in January 2015.

The Wine
The wine has a medium ruby color with aromas of dried cherries, currants with hints of sage, rosemary and cocoa. On the palate it is medium bodied with rich complex flavors of dried cherries and cranberries. The new oak vanillin and toasted oak flavors are seamlessly integrated with the wine’s fruit flavors. The texture is soft and savory with only a hint of tannins.

Food Pairing
Enjoy this wine with braised short ribs, pork loin, wild mushroom risotto, asparagus or kale.

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2013 Pinot Noir
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Fe Ciega

Production: 466 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
pH: 3.50
Titratable acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Four to six 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 appellation.

The Harvest
The Pinot Noir grapes at our estate vineyard were harvested during a four-day period beginning relatively early, on September 4th, with the exception of a small lot of the Pommard clone that was harvested on September 21st. The average sugar content was 23.8 Brix, with excellent acidity.

Winemaking
The grapes were entirely de-stemmed and crushed into small open-top fermenters. The cold soak period averaged two days, after which the must was inoculated with yeast strains specifically chosen to enhance the aromas and flavors of Pinot Noir. After an eleven-day fermentation, the wine was pressed off, settled and transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 38% of the barrels were new, in an effort to balance the oak component with the fruit of the wine. After 14 months of barrel aging the various lots were blended, lightly fined, filtered and bottled in January 2015.

The Wine
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The nose is classic Fe Ciega, with floral notes leading to aromas of black cherries with hints of sage and cedar. On the palate the wine is medium bodied, with a moderately extracted texture followed by flavors of currants and cherries with a hint of orange peel. The tannins are silky, and the oak flavors are so well integrated as to almost not be perceived. The wine’s acidity provides for a long, lingering finish.

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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2013 Pinot Noir
La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
La Encantada

Production: 100 cases
Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
pH: 3.53
Titratable acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $50

 

The Vineyard
La Encantada Vineyard, planted by my longtime friend and pioneer vintner
Richard Sanford, is located directly south of our estate vineyard, Fe Ciega. This
is the third year I’ve sourced fruit from a block in this vineyard planted to the
Dijon 777 clone.
The Harvest
The grapes were harvested on September 30th with an average sugar content of
23.5 Brix. The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small opentop
fermenter. After a 14-day fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled
and transferred to French oak barrels to begin aging. Approximately 25% of
the barrels were new. After 14 months of aging, the wine was bottled in January
2015 without fining and with just a light filtration.
The Wine
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of
dried cherries, prunes and undertones of coastal sage. On the palate the wine is
medium bodied with a full, round mouth-filling texture and flavors of dried fruit
and cocoa. The tannins are smooth and silky and the oak seamlessly integrates
with the flavors. The finish is smooth and lingering.
Food Pairings
This flavorful wine will pair well with Middle Eastern-style lamb and other rich
food such as osso bucco.

The Vineyard

La Encantada Vineyard, planted by my longtime friend and pioneer vintner Richard Sanford, is located directly south of our estate vineyard, Fe Ciega. This is the third year I’ve sourced fruit from a block in this vineyard planted to the Dijon 777 clone.

The Harvest

 The grapes were harvested on September 30th with an average sugar content of 23.5 Brix. The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small opentop fermenter. After a 14-day fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled and transferred to French oak barrels to begin aging. Approximately 25% ofthe barrels were new. After 14 months of aging, the wine was bottled in January 2015 without fining and with just a light filtration.

The Wine

 The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of dried cherries, prunes and undertones of coastal sage. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a full, round mouth-filling texture and flavors of dried fruit and cocoa. The tannins are smooth and silky and the oak seamlessly integrates with the flavors. The finish is smooth and lingering.

Food Pairings

 This flavorful wine will pair well with Middle Eastern-style lamb and other richfood such as osso bucco.

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2014 Pinot Noir
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Sanford & Benedict

Production: 66 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
pH: 3.59
Titratable acidity: 0.63g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: Five to eight years
Bottle price: $50

Inspiration
I’ve had the privilege many times over the last 20 years to work with grapes from the famed Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. The exceptional wines I have been able to produce from this vineyard continue to inspire me.

The Harvest
In 2014, I sourced from a block planted to the Dijon 777 clone. Due to the abnormally warm temperatures in the summer of 2014, the grapes were harvested on August 26th, nearly 2 weeks earlier than in 2013. The sugar content measured 24.8 Brix with excellent acidity.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open-top fermenter. After cold soaking for 4 days the must was inoculated with yeast to start the fermentation. After a 9-day fermentation the wine was pressed off, settled in a tank, then transferred to French oak barrels for aging. Only 39% of the wine aged in new French oak. After 15 months of aging, the wine was not fined but was lightly filtered before being bottled in February 2016.

The Wine
The wine has a medium dark ruby color. The aromas are a complex mix of black cherries and cranberries with a hint of cedar in the background. On the palate this Pinot Noir is medium bodied with flavors similar to the aromas. The wine has great extract and persistence; combined with the high acidity, this bodes well for extended bottle aging. I recommend decanting this wine for an hour before serving to allow the wine to open up.

Food Pairings
Enjoy this powerful Pinot Noir with fine cuts of beef, spring lamb and duck witha dark cherry sauce.

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2014 Pinot Noir
Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley

2014 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Bien Nacido Vineyard

Production: 254 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.7%
pH: 3.73
Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100ml.
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $$50

The History
For over 20 years we have sourced our grapes from Block N, which was planted in the early 1970s to the heritage Martini clone. It has become one of the most coveted blocks of Pinot Noir at this iconic vineyard.

The Harvest
An unusually warm growing season resulted in a relatively early harvest of our grapes on August 25th with an average sugar content of 24.4 Brix.

Winemaking
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. After two days of cold soaking, the must was inoculated with two different yeast strains. After a 9-day fermentation, the wine was pressed off into a tank for a few days, and then racked to French oak barrels, of which 35% were new. The wine aged for 16 months before being bottled in February 2016, without fining but with light filtration.

The Wine
The wine has a vibrant ruby color of medium intensity with complex aromas of flower blossoms and cherries with hints of cloves and herbs.  On the palate the wine is medium bodied with flavora of red fruits and a slight herbaceous quality. The wine’s balanced acidity provides a fresh, succulent finish.

Food Pairing
Enjoy this wine with salmon, cioppino and herb encrusted chicken.

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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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2014 Pinot Noir
La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
La Encantada Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills

Production: 95 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.3%
pH: 3.57
Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml.
Cellaring potential: Four to seven years
Bottle price: $$50

The Vineyard

Located directly south of Fe Ciega Vineyard, La Encantada was planted in 2001 by pioneer vintner and longtime friend Richard Sanford.  I source my fruit from a block that is planted to the Dijon 777 clone. 

The Harvest

An unusually warm growing season resulted in a relatively early harvest of our grapes on August 26th with an average sugar content of 23.1 Brix and excellent acidity.

Winemaking

The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed into a small open-top fermenter.  After cold soaking for 3 days, the must was inoculated with yeast and fermentation lasted for 9 days.  The wine was then pressed off, settled, and transferred to French oak barrels to begin aging.  Approximately 33% of the barrels were new. After 15 months of aging the wine was bottled in February 2016 without fining and with just a light filtration.

The Wine

The wine has a ruby-garnet color of medium intensity.  The aromas are a complex mixture of dried Montmorency cherries, herbs and cedar. On the palate the wine is medium to full-bodied with extracted flavors of dried cherries, cocoa and a hint of molasses. The tannins are moderate and the oak is seamlessly integrated with the flavors. 

Food Pairings

This flavorfulwine will pair well with Middle Eastern-style lamb and other rich dishes such as osso bucco and braised lamb shanks.

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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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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
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills