Racines (Northern California only), 2018 Sta Rita Hills Cuvée Pinot Noir



Vintage

2018

Region

United StatesCalifornia

Appellation

Sta Rita Hills

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Vinification

Barrel Aged, Indigenous yeast fermented, Skin contact, Unfined & Unfiltered, Whole Cluster Fermented

Soil Type

Clay, Shale

Soil & Vineyards: Gazos Clay Loam over Shale. A blend of fruit from Domaine de la Côte, La Encantada, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict vineyards.
Production & Aging: Native yeast fermentation using 1/3 whole clusters with occasional punching down during 3 week maceration before pressing into barrel. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. 10% new oak.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Cuvee is a gorgeous appellation-level wine.
Crushed flowers, mint, sage, cedar, tobacco, star anise and rose petal give the
2018 a striking aromatic upper register. Savory, deep and yet light on its feet, the
2018 has so much to offer. This is such a pretty wine, and a terrific introduction
to both the vintage and the Racines lineup. Vineyard sites are Domaine de la
Côte, Encantada and a few barrels from S&B. 92 pts
— Antonio Galloni, VINOUS