2015 Rancho La Viña Pinot Noir
Rancho La Vina sits on the far western outskirts of the Santa Rita Hills roughly 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The ranch is a 2,800 acre remnant of the Santa Rosa Land Grant purchased in the 1860’s. In addition to Pinot Noir, they grow a variety of other crops that are uniquely suited to the cool climate, and the crops have shifted with changing economies over time. What started with sheep moved to cattle, from oat to hay, dry Lima beans and mustard to walnuts, Pinot Noir and heirloom tomatoes.
It’s amazing to still find sites like Rancho La Vina that are so exposed, so on the fringe of what can get ripe – through their struggle to survive make some of the most intense, expressive wines.
To make this wine, we hand-harvested the fruit, and left about 33% of the whole clusters in the fermentation – the rest was de-stemmed. After a 5-day cold soak, the fermentation started spontaneously with native yeasts. We punched down 1 or 2 times / day and pressed at dryness after about 12 days total on skins. The wine was aged in 2 year old and neutral French oak. It wasn’t racked until bottling. We bottled 94 cases of this wine in June of 2017, a longer than normal elevage for us due to the nature of the tannins from this vintage.
The result is soft, supple and very nicely balanced. Sweet red cherry, plum, white flowers and cinnamon grace the palate. Nicely linear and focused, with good overall energy, the 2015 is a very pretty wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet rose petal and lavender notes add perfume on the finish.
94 cases produced