2020 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 750ML
This wine is crafted from several of the finest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, each block of which is selected to add complexity and interest to the final blend. In 2020, this wine was comprised of wines from Radian (44%), Bentrock (42%), Spear (6%), Fiddlestix (3%), Duvarita (3%), and La Rinconada (2%). Each of the blocks is individually managed to ensure the highest quality fruit at harvest time, the dates for which are selected after multiple, often daily visits to the vineyards, meticulous sampling and extensive tasting. We ferment each block with native yeasts, and then separately barrel each lot into the finest French oak cooperage, 3 percent of which is new. The wines are aged on their lees for 15 months, and then blended and bottled without filtration.
With this careful attention to detail throughout the season and in the cellar, the wine displays great depth and concentration, with beautiful texture from lees aging and minimal handling. For the Sta Rita Hills appellation blend, we select wines for their complexity, bright expression, cheery personality, and food friendliness.
The 2020 has begun drinking very well right out of the gate. The wine shows complex red and blue fruits, a touch of minerals, some baking spices, fresh herbs and forest floor in a medium bodied frame and with silky texture. Great natural acidity provides lift and length. We expect a minimum of 8-10 years of aging potential.