Steeply sloping Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard is located on Santa Rosa Road in the southeastern corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Its four acres are solely planted to Pinot Noir – the eastern block contains Dijon clones 667 (on 3309) and 777 (on 5C) in equal amounts, while the western block consists of clone 115.
This wine was made exclusively from Dijon clones vines from Quinta Santa Rosa. Clusters were picked by hand in the early pre-dawn hours. After destemming, the berries were cold-soaked with twice-daily punch-downs, which yielded deeply colored juice that was then inoculated with Assmanshausen yeast to accentuate varietal character. 12 days later, free-run and press fractions were collected separately, settled overnight, and racked into French oak: 1/3 new, 1/3 1-to-4 year, and 1/3 neutral barrels.
Full malolactic fermentation was then induced by inoculating with cultured bacteria. It is true to the clonal character, with good structural balance and nuanced fruitiness that is complemented by hints of spice and earth. The nose offers up red and dark berries, spice, and floral notes. Medium-bodied, tart cherry, white pepper notes, and tight tannins. This wine opens up to offer round, lush berry flavors, spice, vanilla, violets, and some pepper. A long lingering finish.