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. 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 and American oak
barrels, 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.