The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank
after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was racked to
French 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 aging for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels, the wine
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. 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.