This garnet colored wine initially tingles your senses with enticing aromas of cranberries, cherry cola, strawberries and earthy attributes. The aromas also include hints of white pepper, violets, and vanilla. The fresh taste is refined and elegant with playful flavors of pomegranate, dried herbs, sassafras and bramble. This voluptuous, medium bodied wine has a beautiful balance of rounded dusty tannins and bright acids that pair well with almost any food. The cool growing region and maritime influence highlights the true charm of this wine with an elongated velvet finish.
Tasters Guild Wine Competition, May 2019 – Gold
International Women’s Wine Competition, June 2019 – Silver
Central Coast Wine Competition, June 2018 – Silver
Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2018 – Silver
Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is located on the cool slopes near the western boundary of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. It is comprised of 15.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 5.3 acres of Chardonnay. The climate is defined by a cool and windy maritime influence, allowing the vines an extended growing season. The soil is comprised of sandy silt, which allows for fast drainage and ultimately, more complex flavors. The vineyard prides itself in being Sustainable in Practice (SIP), while maintaining the vineyard’s health and productivity.
The vintage brought us lower yields and high quality in comparison to the past three vintages. These lower yields can be attributed to a longer bloom time due to cooler weather, strong winds, and rain. These untimely acts from Mother Nature ultimately affected berry set which brought us uneven ripening. This later led to clusters having fewer berries and in turn, lower yields. Following the unusual May gloom, the summer months were quite warm, which expedited maturity and therefore brought us an earlier harvest. The continuous drought also attributed to the vines ripening at a faster pace than normal. The overall vintage delivered excellent color development, great concentration and depth, while also maintaining balanced chemistries for excellent aging potential.
Food Pairing Notes
The voluptuous body and elegant aromatic profile of the Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills lends itself to many proteins ranging from oven-baked salmon filets to fennel garlic pork roast. The freshness and herbs in this wine also make it match well with bruschetta and wild mushrooms.
Cases Produced: 260