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2008 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. In 2008, extreme temperatures in the vineyard limited the amount of fruit per vine and resulted in Pinot Noir grapes of very high quality. Cold-soaked four days prior to fermentation with native yeasts, the wine was aged for ten months in both new and used French oak barrels. The wine spent an additional six months maturing in the bottle before being released on March 1, 2010.

Tasting Notes:

Owing to its youth, the 2008 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir is a little closed to start. Suddenly, dark black cherry aromas fill the glass and evolve into a violet/cola mixture. The nose hints of depth and concentration on the palate. This a bolder version of our 2007 vintage with a fuller palate and fleshier mouth feel. Pronounced flavors of sweet cherry and red berry fruits. The oak is well integrated and the wine flows smoothly across the mouth. This is a wine that will continue to blossom 30 to 60 minutes after opening.

- Michael Giarraputo, Winemaker

Winemaker’s Notes:

23.6° Brix at harvest.
Fruit de-stemmed and cold-soaked 4 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 (Remond, Cadus)
Final blend: 44% Clone 115, 44% Clone 777, 12% Clone 667
Unfined and unfiltered
Bottled August 2009

pH: 3.65
TA: 0.6
Alcohol: 13.9%