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 Hungarian 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. The 2015 vintage was early and light yielding fruit with exceptional
flavor concentration. The vines experienced no hard dormancy and
above average temperatures in February resulting in an early bud break,
flowering and fruit set. The drought caused the vines to struggle and
produce smaller berry size and overall cluster size which resulted in high
quality wines that are rich, complex and intense in character. Harvest
occurred from August 19 - October 1, 2015.