2017 Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
As the flagship Pinot Noir from Lincourt, our Rancho Santa Rosa bottling embodies the essence of the cool climate Sta. Rita Hills. The 2017 vintage displays aromatics of sweet cherries and dried strawberries with hints of hibiscus tea. On the palate, this wine presents itself as a light-bodied Pinot Noir with a nuance of violets, Chambord, cedar, and classic black pepper notes of Sta. Rita Hills fruit. Lightly toasted oak tones frame the fruit, providing structure without overwhelming the palate.
Food Pairing Notes
The perfect Pinot Noir to pair with a savory mushroom ragu.
100% Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills
August 31 - October 16, 2017
10 months in French oak, 21% New
August 28, 2018
The fruit for our Pinot Noir came from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. It was hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard prior to arrival at the winery. The clusters were then carefully destemmed to keep the berries intact. Additional hand sorting removed any jack stems before the fruit was transferred to small, 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.
The 2017 growing season started off bold with unseasonably early bud break. Overall the growing season temperatures were moderate to cool, rendering moderate and uniform berry set. As harvest approached, Mother Nature delivered extremely warm temperatures which cued the start of harvest on August 31. Harvest wrapped up October 16 resulting in moderate yields and full flavor development.