2014 Roth Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
This 2014 Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard Pinot Noir hails from the cool climate Sta. Rita Hills AVA. It has a sumptuous bouquet of rose petals, black cherries and raspberries. flavors of white pepper, cherry cola and forest floor accent its plush tannins. This Pinot Noir has a well-balanced acidity and a silky mouthfeel followed by a lingering finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 12th – October 8th, 2014
Aged 15 months in French oak, 40% new
2014 was an abundant vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills. A warm spring led to an early bud break with ideal conditions from bloom to set. The yields were high in quantity and quality with larger than average berry size. The fruit achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame which allowed the grapes to generate bright acidity and pronounced tannins. The fruit was harvested in the cool morning hours of August 12th – October 8th, 2014. After harvest, the grapes were pressed and transferred to open-top fermenters. The juice and skins were cold soaked for 4 days prior to fermentation and then went through regular punch downs for several days. After primary fermentation, the skins were gently pressed and the wine drained. It was then aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 15 months.
The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is located in Santa Barbara County. The region is characterized by its cool climate that is influenced by the fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and its marine-based soils. This makes the region well-suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard lies within this premier AVA and features hilly vineyards that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level.
Only 93 cases produced