2014 was an abundant vintage for the third straight year. A hotter than
average spring led to the earliest bud break on record. Conditions
remained ideal from bloom to set, and the warm growing season produced
grape clusters with larger than average berry size. The fruit achieved
optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame, translating to rich flavors
in the wines produced in this vintage. The yields were high in quantity
and quality, with harvest lasting from August 19 – October 10, 2014. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank
following harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated
and racked to 40% new French and American oak barrels. It then
underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity.
All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure
character, distinctiveness and quality. After 18 months in barrel under
cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.
There’s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene.
Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these
stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above
sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool
thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard
is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with
much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as
a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure,
elevation, grade, rootstock and clone.