Adjacent to Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, La Rinconada benefits from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and lingering fog as well. At harvest, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a four-day cold-soak prior to fermentation. The wine was then pressed and racked into 20% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfiltered 18 months later in March 2017.
Notes from Winemaker
La Rinconada, with its slope exposed to the cold west winds of the Santa Rita Hills, is in its purest form in 2015. Spice, hints of dark fruit dominate this wine. The palate compliments the nose with black currant, and spice with bright acidity that keeps the wine lively on the palate. Overall this wine is best described as brooding and it will be best enjoyed with a bit of time in the decanter. I’m very excited to see this wine as it ages – I think it’s going to last forever.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills/ Santa Barbara County
Harvest dates: August 21st
Brix at harvest: 23.0
pH at harvest: 3.16
Finished alcohol: 13.39
93 Points - Vinous, Antonio Galloni
93 Points - Wine & Spirits "Years Best"
90+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck