2018 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Central Coast AVA
Roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California
from Santa Barbara County to San Francisco County
Sta. Rita Hills
Follows a clearly defined maritime “throat” that
ushers in the Pacific fog and constant cooling breezes.
Sandy Loam Soils
Cause vines to produce grapes with powerful varietal
This wine is medium ruby in color with pronounced aromas of red cherry, cranberry, wet stone, raspberry coulis and baking spice. The wine has mouthwatering acidity with notes of black cherry, dark plum, nutmeg and white pepper. Sourced from three vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, this wine showcases the expressive appellation.
The Sta. Rita Hills appellation blend is sourced from Radian Vineyard, Bentrock Vineyard and Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard. The majority of the blend is comprised of fruit from Radian, which sits at 1,000 feet in elevation exposing the vines to fog and cooling ocean breezes. These vineyards are blended to create a beautiful representation of the region with concentrated flavors and lively acidity.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 40% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Radian, Bentrock, Fiddlestix|
|Vintage Notes||The 2017 growing season began with significant rainfall, replenishing soils and reservoirs. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards. This heightened the rate of ripening and flavor development in the grapes. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions resulting in concentrated, rich, and dense wines.|