Racines, 2020 Sta Rita Hills Cuvée Pinot Noir





United StatesCalifornia


Sta Rita Hills


Pinot Noir


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 2019 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is an attractive, ethereal wine. Sweet dried cherry, mint, tobacco and sage are some of the aromas and flavors that open in the glass. I would give this a few years in bottle to soften. This is an especially savory style of Pinot with plenty of aromatic presence, and the fruit pushed into the background. The Sta. Rita Hills cuvee is a blend of fruit from Domaine de la C6te and La Encantada.
— Antonio Galloni