Potek Winery

2017 Rita's Crown Pinot Noir

Rated 4.5 out of 5
Based on 4 reviews
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Rita’s Crown is a vineyard that is located at the highest elevation in the Santa Rita Hills, hence the “Crown of Santa Rita”. It sits above Seasmoke and Mt. Carmel vineyards on the south-facing side of Santa Rosa Road.

Our rows are Pinot Noir, Clone 115, planted at the highest elevation, of the highest vineyard - about 1000 feet. Rita’s Crown Vineyard, and specifically our rows, sit on a bed of diatomaceous soils that bestow a mineral note in the wines while also adding more stress to the vines thereby concentrating the fruit flavors. The ancient seabed soils are a large part of what makes Santa Rita Hills so special.

Also, because of its high elevation, and steep slope, this site receives an extraordinary amount of ocean wind which reduces the yields to less than 1.5 tons per acre, making super-intense fruit. Our rows are south-facing receiving ample sun producing a ripe and juicy style of Pinot.

The hand-picked grapes were picked at night and fermented with about 25% whole clusters to add tannin structure and aromatic complexity. 2017 spent 14 months in a barrel in 2-year-old and older French Oak.

Inky red and purplish fruit, savory herbs, and the inherent structure of this rugged, mountain site all come through in spades. I especially like the wine’s explosive energy and overall tension.

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Certified sustainable, organic, and biodynamically farmed grapes

We work with diligent growers who farm this fruit without herbicides or other toxic chemicals.

Low-input winemaking in small batches

No weird flavorings or chemicals are added to our wines.  They're vegan friendly.

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