A prime representation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dark and concentrated, with aromas of rose petal, cherry pie, and blackberry, layered with flavors of cherry, blackberry, raspberry, and black pepper.
2013 was a prime vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills. The dry winter led to an early
budbreak and fruit set. This consistently warm and moderately dry weather lasted
throughout the growing season resulting in vibrant acidity and even ripening of the
fruit. The fruit came in with great quality and quantity, and was hand harvested in the
early morning hours on October 23rd - 24th, 2013.
The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located in Santa Barbara County and is characterized
by its cool climate, influenced by the fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and its
marine-based soils. This makes the region well-suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard lies within this premier AVA and features hilly
vineyards that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. After harvest, the grapes
were pressed and transferred to open-top fermenters. The juice and skins were coldsoaked
for 4 days prior to fermentation and then went through regular punch downs for several
days. After primary fermentation, the skins were gently pressed and the wine drained.
It was then aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 17 months prior to bottling.
85 cases produced