2017 Lincourt Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
The 2017 vintage will not be easily forgotten. We spent the entirety of the growing season anxiously anticipating each shift in the weather pattern as we were given one unusual event after the other. An early bud-break was threatened by a few sporadic morning frosts, but overall, seasonal temperatures averaged out to be moderate-to-cool. As summer was coming to a close, we were hit with a week of high temperatures that bumped sugars high enough to trigger harvest. Once the weather settled back down to a normal range we were able to stabilize our picking schedule. Ultimately, crop yields were average with beautiful fruit quality.
100% Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills
August 31-October 16, 2017
This Pinot Noir was barrel aged in neutral French oak for 16 months.
March 20, 2019
The fruit was hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard with the clusters then carefully destemmed to keep the berries intact. Additional hand sorting removed any jack stems before the fruit was transferred to stainless steel, open-top fermenters. The juice and skins were cold–soaked for four days prior to fermentation and then gently punched down for several days. After primary fermentation was complete, the new wine was drained and the skins were gently pressed.
This Pinot Noir came from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.