2018 Rio Vista Pinot Noir
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2018 Rio Vista Pinot Noir

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2018 was a vintage with a light yield, and some of our usual Pinot Noir sources were unavailable to us.  We reached out to one of our most trusted growers, John Belfy of Buona Terra Farming, and sourced a tiny amount of this Pinot Noir from Rio Vista Vineyard.

Rio Vista was planted in 2000 on the east side of Santa Rosa Road: Rio Vista Vineyard North is right against the appellation boundary as it crosses the road; Rio Vista Vineyard South is about a mile further into the appellation. It is the eastern most vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and has a warmer microclimate than those further west.

The dominant soil series present are limestone, sedimentary soils and a marine layer of sandy loam. Our lot of fruit for this year was the 777 clone of Pinot Noir.

The hand-picked grapes were picked at low sugars, a bit earlier than some of our regular sites.  We made the wine with 100% whole clusters to add tannin structure and aromatic complexity to this warmer site Pinot Noir. Rio Vista spent 14 months in a single neutral French oak barrel.

Garnet red color and juicy red fruits mingle with savory herbs, and the inherent structure of the whole clusters come through in spades. I especially like the wine’s juicy texture and vibrant energy.

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