Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir
The 2012 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is sourced from some of the best blocks from this estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 along with a little Mt. Eden selection growing on the hillside east of our winery give great intensity and complexity. A nearly perfect, even growing season delivered complex wines of impeccable balance. This 2012 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy black cherry, cola, bacon fat and anise. The palate delivers flavors of black fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of cherry and mocha. The wine was allowed to age in new French Oak barrels (50% new) for 15 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.
TASTING NOTES: The palate delivers flavors of black fruits framed nicely by bright acidity.
AROMA NOTES: Exploding with spicy black cherry, cola, bacon fat and anise.
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
VINEYARD: La Rinconada
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.0
AGING: 15 months in French Oak (50% new)
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 7.0 grams/L
BOTTLING DATE: January 24, 2014
RELEASE DATE: May, 2014
CASES PRODUCED: 1,036