2016 Foley Estates JA Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
This 2016 JA Ranch Pinot Noir is a light ruby red and violet color displaying fragrant aromas of peppered blackberry perfumed aromatics with hints of fresh oregano. This wine has a very refined palate with many layers of lush juicy raspberry and blackberry fruit notes and elegant lingering tannins and a hint of charred graham.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this food friendly wine with Thanksgiving dinner.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26 - October 4, 2016
18 months in 30% new French oak
April 11, 2018
We harvested our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2016 coming in at an even 25.0. 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 18 months in 30% new French oak prior to blending and bottling.
After plenty of winter rain, the growing season got o to an early start due to an abnormal heat spell early in February. Cooler temperatures in March prolonged set but the vine canopy growth was very strong. The vines experienced warm weather in early August leading to a compact harvest. Harvest occurred from August 26 - October 4, 2016.