2013 Foley Estates JA Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
The 2013 JA Ranch Pinot Noir displays a gorgeous nose of candied violets and pomegranate like a fresh bouquet of flowers. On the palate this wine showcases a more austere style with intense flavors of bright cranberry, cherry, black tea leaf and fresh thyme. With a bold yet balanced acidity, it has a lingering finish of dried lavender and maraschino cherry.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
September 5 – November 5, 2013
16 months in 33% new French oak
March 19, 2015
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix. The clusters were then gently de-stemmed with no crushing. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for four days. Each tank was manually punched down throughout maceration. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, the free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. Finally, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 16 months in 33% new French oak prior to blending and bottling.
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. 2013 was an abundant vintage with mild rain during the first part of spring and only a few incidents of frost before bud break. With no heat waves of consequence, this was a very moderate growing season. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set with the typical foggy mornings and afternoon winds that sweep through the Sta. Rita Hills. The yields were high in quality and quantity, emulating the 2012 vintage, with harvest lasting from September 5th – November 5th, 2013.
601 cases produced