Santa Barbara County
The 2008 version was an overnight success and it sold out quickly. This 2009 is every bit as good, and perhaps even better. What struck me first when pouring a glass of this pinot was its gorgeous aroma. It reminded me of just picked blackberries. The flavors are rich and savory, but without a bit of syrupy heaviness.
A vineyard blend from some of Santa Barbara County’s best addresses, it is composed of 49% Solomon Hills, 29% Bien Nacido, 18% Presidio and 4% Kick On Ranch. The grapes were carefully fermented in small batches, pressed off to French oak casks, and left untouched for 15 months. The wine was then bottled without filtration. This minimal handling through the whole winemaking process enabled us to capture its wonderful essence.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir | Vineyards: 49% Solomon Hills, 29% Bien Nacido 18% Presidio and 4% Kick On Ranch | AVA: Santa Barbara County | Alcohol: 14.0% | Vinification: 30% New French Oak | Barrel Aging: 15 Months | Total Production: 1060