Racines (Northern California only), 2018 Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir, La Rinconada Vineyard




United StatesCalifornia


Sta Rita Hills


La Rinconada Vineyard


Pinot Noir


Barrel Aged, Indigenous yeast fermented

Soil Type

Clay, Gravelly loam, Shale

Soil & Vineyard: Santa Lucia shaly clay loam. From the upper plantings of La Rinconada in deep, dark rocky soils. This is a Mt Eden clone selection brought down and planted early on by Richard Sanford, considered the pioneer of grape growing in the Sta. Rita Hills area.
Production and Aging: Native yeast fermentation using 2/3 whole clusters with occasional punching down during 3 week maceration before pressing into barrel. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels before bottling. 10% new oak.
The 2018 Pinot Noir La Rinconada is a very pretty, airy wine. Crushed rose petal,
mint, sage, cedar and dried herbs give the Racines Rinconada a good deal of
aromatic lift. This is an especially translucent style. Whole clusters are evident
but not overdone. I would cellar the 2018 for at least a year or two, as it is a bit
edgy and not totally put together just yet. 92+ pts
— Antonio Galloni, VINOUS