Single Vineyard Santa Nella Pinot Noir 2016
The Santa Nella Ranch is located at the western edge of the Russian River Valley Appellation. Here the proximity to the coast makes for a very cool climate that is moderated by the vineyard’s southeastern facing slope. The vineyard was first established in the 1880s and produced one of the first Russian River Pinot Noirs in 1957.
2016 had a dry growing season with a moderate crop load. Mild weather contributed to slow ripening and intensely flavored grapes. Our Santa Nella Pinot Noir grapes were night harvested on September 7th, 2016. We destemmed the grapes into stainless steel tanks and cold soaked them before undergoing fermentation for 3 weeks. The young wine was then pressed off the skins, settled and racked into small French oak barrels where the wine aged for 14 months. Elegant fruity notes of cherry, raspberry and rhubarb are joined by subtle touches of spice and toasty oak. The palate is full-bodied with soft tannins, excellent acid balance and a long, lingering finish.
- Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
- Appellation: Russian River Valley
- Aging: Aged in small French oak barrels for 14 months
- Acidity: 5.9
- pH: 3.51
- Alcohol: 14.9%