2016 WALT Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
"From a higher elevation site in the Sta. Rita Hills, aged in 50% new oak, the 2016 Pinot Noir Rita's Crown is another deep, rich, concentrated wine from this estate. Blackberries, toasted spices, dried flowers, and dried earth notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured and seamless Pinot Noir that's the most complete and balanced in the lineup. It's a fabulous wine."
Open and warm aromatics - fresh floral, concentrated red fruit, and 5-spice dominate. The palate is unctuous and full with flavors of nougat, raspberry coulis, white pepper, and hints of umami driven by the vineyard's proximity to the coast. This wine is full of energy and delivers a long finish laced with the flinty minerality and bright acidity of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.
The Rita's Crown Vineyard is an exceptional site comprised mainly of steeply rolling hills planted to south facing vineyards. Limiting cobble clay loam soils and extremely well drained slopes produce small vines and berries of intense flavor and depth. Rita's Crown is nestled between the east west aspect of the Santa Rosa and La Purisima Hills, allowing the cool ocean fog to roll through the vineyard - perfect for Pinot Noir.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 months, 50% New Francois Freres|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vintage Notes||The 2016 harvest was early, with slightly lower than normal yield, but exceptional fruit quality. After many years of drought, we experienced winter rains that helped alleviate the dry conditions that plagued us the prior four years. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average days and nights. July and August were particularly temperate allowing for longer hang times, which ripened the grapes uniformly.|