Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir
91 points, Wine Advocate | 92 points, Wine Enthusiast | 93 points, The Tasting Panel
The 2013 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is the best of the best from our 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. An even growing season (similar to 2012) delivered beautifully complex wines of impeccable balance. This 2013 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of spicy red 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 (40% new) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance concentration to age gracefully for the next 10 to 15 years.
TASTING NOTES: The palate delivers flavors of spicy red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity.
AROMA NOTES: Exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage and white pepper.
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
VINEYARD: La Rinconada
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.0
AGING: 14 months in French Oak (40% new)
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 6.5 grams/L
BOTTLING DATE: November 25, 2014
RELEASE DATE: May, 2015
CASES PRODUCED: 1,136