The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of Pinot Noir providing the necessary acid/sugar balance.
In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
Winemaker Comments: Our 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir is comprised of four clones: 51% Clone 777, 25% Martin Ray, 12% Pommard, 12% Clone 115. We used the best barrels from the top blocks of 2016 to make this Reserve Pinot. A small canopy and small clusters from a continued drought contributed to good concentration and depth of flavor.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir has a dark ruby color with bright red reflections. Mild aromas of raspberry jam, sugar plum, and a hint of leather perfume the glass. Strong raspberry notes continue across the palate and are met by flavors of bourbon cherry and cedar. This medium-bodied wine is supported by strong tannins and benefits from a few minutes to breathe. Drink alongside pan-roasted quail or duck, and mushroom risotto.
2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
100% Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 6, 13 - 15, 2016
Sugar: 24.2 - 25.6 Brix
April 25, 2018
Total Acid: .67
8 barrel lot, 39% new French oak
Produced: 192 cases
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