Sanford Loma Alta Pinot Noir
T H E S T O R Y
Loma Alta, “tall hill” in Spanish, is a block of clone 115 near the top of the La Rinconada Vineyard. This rocky slope has northwestern exposure and excellent drainage. The combination of its weathered shale, clay loam soil, aspect and clone, all contribute to producing a blockbuster wine.
W I N E M A K E R N O T E S
This single block Pinot Noir has enticing aromas of brambly raspberries and earth with hints of mocha and anise. Impeccably balanced, the palate delivers juicy, bright fruit with a silky mouthfeel, balanced acidity and impressive length. To allow the “terroir” to shine through, we take a gentle approach in the cellar, using traditional Burgundian techniques. The wine was aged in French Oak barrels (35% new) for 15 months where it gained concentration and complexity, allowing the tannins to soften. This wine is drinking well now, but has the balance and structure to age beautifully for the next 8 to 10 years.