Oct. 2 - Nov. 18, 2014
Sugar: 25.1 Brix
100% Lafond Vineyards
2-1/2 Punceons, 1 new
1 new 60gal. Barrel
(47% new French Oak)
Total Acid: .67
Bottled: Feb. 4, 2016
Produced: 140 cases
Santa Rita Hills
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
The Santa 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's Comments: The 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir is 53% Pommard Clone and 47% Clone 777. During fermentation the 777 clone, which showed aromatic complexity and structural length, was allowed an extended maceration to maximize these qualities.
The Pommard clone provides a ripe concentrated core of ripe fruit. The structure of the wine allows for longer barrel ageing to add even more layers of complexity.
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