The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank
after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and
racked to stainless steel tanks. To retain the fresh, and vibrant fruit
and acidity, ML was prevented. All lots were kept separate throughout
vinification and aging. After seven months in stainless steel tanks
under cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.
ere’s only one way to describe our Rancho Santa Rosa estate vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara
County, this stunning, south-facing hillside features vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. ?e soils are marine-based
and the weather is consistently cool thanks to the moist ocean breezes that sweep through the property daily. ?e vineyard is farmed
with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard was
originally conceived as a series of micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone. 2013 was an abundant vintage with mild rain during the first part of
spring and only a few incidents of frost before bud break. With no heat
waves of consequence, this was a very moderate growing season.
Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set with the typical foggy
mornings and afternoon winds that sweep through the Sta. Rita Hills.
The yields were high in quality and quantity, emulating the 2012
vintage, with harvest lasting from September 5th – November 5th,