Known as one of the greatest places in the new world to grow Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills AVA is closest to the ocean in Santa Barbara County. The combination of nutrient deficient marine-based soils and the Pacific Ocean’s cooling influence of wind and fog through the East to West mountain corridor, form one of the best cool-climate viticulture areas for Pinot Noir in the world.
95% Hilliard Bruce Vineyard (Sta. Rita Hills)
5% La Encantada Vineyard (Sta. Rita Hills)
The deep Ruby color leads to aromas of black cherry and dried cranberry that leap from the glass, and then follow subtle hints of baking spices that waft into the fore. On the palate the wine shows darker Pinot Noir elements; complex olive, soy and ink, preluding cherry liqueur flavors. This wine will age well by the tightly structured and layered supple grape and wood tannins that are underpinned by an excellent acidic backbone.