2020 WALT Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Vibrant ruby in color, this wine's expressive aromas of dark plum, cherry, and strawberry are underscored by a note of loamy earth distinctive to the region. A fresh, lively structure complements the ripe fruit. Bold and charged with energy, the wine finishes with well-integrated oak toast and a hint of salinity.
Our Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is crafted from a blend of vineyards that express the unique character of this region. From rolling hills to high elevation sites, the vines are exposed to fog and cooling ocean breezes. The resulting wine is rich, spicy and bursting with concentrated flavors.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 45% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
|Vineyard||Clos Pepe, Bentrock, and La Encantada|
|Vintage Notes||The season started out with an unseasonably warm, dry winter. It wasn't until the end of March that cold, rainy weather arrived, and the mild spring gave the vines a strong, early start. Even with above normal temperatures throughout the summer and fall, we still experienced the marine influence that defines the limiting conditions of our premium Pinot Noir sites - cool morning fog and afternoon wind. This vintage produced great wines that are fresh, focused, and beautifully balanced.|