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2007 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
(Sta. Rita Hills AVA)

La Encantada Vineyard, the first certified organic site in Santa Barbara, was planted in 2000 by Richard Sanford, the “Godfather” of Pinot Noir. It is located on the cooler western edge of the A.V.A, and is often blanketed by fog, which curtails vine vigor and results in intensely flavored grapes. The 2007 growing season was long and dry, resulting in small, concentrated fruit. Cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation, the wine was aged for 10 months in new and used French oak barrels from Francois Frères. The wine was allowed to develop in the bottle an additional six months before its release on March 1, 2009.

Tasting Notes:

The 2007 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir greets you with complex aromatics of wild strawberries, cranberries, blackboard chalk, baking spices and a touch of earth. Its soft, smooth entry on the palate is followed by deep cherry and raspberry flavors coupled with cola and a bit of licorice. The wine strikes a wonderful balance of being mouth-filling, due to the abundance of fruit flavors & finely integrated tannins, as well as mouthwatering, a result of its good acidity. Overall, the wine’s many flavors linger on the palate and produce a really long finish. This is a powerful wine.

- Michael Giarraputo, Winemaker

Winemaker’s Notes:

25.3° Brix at harvest.
Fruit de-stemmed and cold-soaked 5 days
Native yeast fermentation; 1-2 punch downs per day
12 days skin-to-juice contact prior to pressing
Minimal intervention - no added tannins, colors or enzymes
Barrel-aged 10 months in new & used French oak (Francois Frères)
Final blend: 87% Clone 115, 10% Clone 667, 3% Clone 777 Unfined and unfiltered
Bottled August 2008

pH: 3.57
TA: 0.59
Alcohol: 14.1%