2015 Lincourt Willie Mae Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
Named after Proprietor Bill Foley’s aunt, our 2015 Willie Mae Pinot Noir is for the cool climate Pinot Noir connoisseur. Beautiful aromas of spiced red plum and cherry fruit are accented by hints of violet. The palate is light bodied and delicate with candied red fruit flavors of raspberry, cherry and touches of spicy black pepper. The 30% new oak results in balanced tannins and an elegant profile.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 1, 2015
18 months in French oak, 30% new
March 30, 2017
As part of the original Spanish Land Grant, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard is one of Santa Barbara’s most historic properties. This beautiful south-facing hillside climbs from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. This wine features Pinot Noir clone 115. Following harvest, the fruit was cold soaked for four days and then fermented in open tops with regular punch downs to extract maximum color and flavor. It was aged in 100% French oak barrels (30% new) for 18 months.
The 2015 vintage experienced above average temperatures and no hard dormancy. This resulted in early bud break followed by a cooling period which created a lull in flowering and set, especially in the lower elevation blocks. The grapes were high in quality with lower than average yields. The fruit had smaller berry size, cluster size and weight which ultimately translated into intense flavor concentration. As a result, the 2015 vintage is rich, complex, and intense in character.