2021 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
The 16th vintage of this wine, and a fabulous one it is! This wine was crafted from selected barrels from all of our Pinot Noir vineyards in order to make a wine of great flavor, complexity and harmony. We chose barrels that demonstrate approachability, an engaging personality, freshness and charm. The wine is comprised of grapes from Radian (42%), Bentrock (17%), Sanford & Benedict (14%), Fiddlestix (12%), Rancho La Vina (9%), La Rinconada (3%) and Spear (3%). The wine was aged 15 months on its lees in neutral French oak barriques, then blended and bottled without filtration. The cool vintage gives this wine a great combination of ripeness with structure, energy and length.
2021 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Our answer to the constant Chardonnay questions – no, Chardonnay does not have to be buttery, or oaky or heavy. Here in the cool Sta. Rita Hills, the Chardonnay has great yellow and tropical fruits but with fabulous acidity and intrigue from the mineral impression as well as energy, lift and cut. We are very pleased with this wine, right out of the gate, it has been balanced and seamless and delicious. 85% Rita’s Crown and 15% Duvarita, fermented and aged for 15 months on its lees, in mostly second fill French Oak barrels. Due to low yields this wine is extremely limited. Only 140 cases made.
2022 Rosé, Santa Ynez Valley
80% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre, 7% Graciano
60% Vogelzang Vineyard, 40% Two Wolves Vineyard,
Our yearly Rosé release is always eagerly anticipated, and the 2022 certainly justifies the excitement. Made from big, beautiful, happy clusters picked in the early morning hours and rushed to the winery where they were gently pressed, and the juice settled overnight and then fermented into wine in 65% neutral barrels (228L, 400L, 500L) and 35% stainless steel. The wine was aged for 5 months on its lees, picking up complexity and harmony and then carefully bottled.
The wine displays bright red fruits (strawberries & raspberries) along with watermelon, green apple, citrus peel and bright acidity. We think it is a perfect combination of ripeness and energy. The wine will pair beautifully with the warm spring and summer months, in the open air, with food, and without. Enjoy!
Wines are available for pick up at the Los Olivos Tasting Room or can be shipped across the US.