||Santa Rita Hills
Our 2009 Lindsay’s Pinot Noir is a beautiful example of classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir—delicate, subtle and endlessly layered. Notes of black cherry and worn leather explode on the nose followed by a rich brown sugar spice.
Blueberry cobbler, lemon zest and freshly ground cardamom round out the palate. Full, ripe and harmonious, this is an intricate yet friendly wine and will resonate with all lovers of Pinot Noir.
2009 was one of the driest vintages of the last two decades in Santa Barbara County. The lack of rainfall slowed vine growth and led to a smaller-than-normal crop of intensely flavored grapes. Harvest was well paced until a hard frost in
late October motivated a quick and efficient finale to picking the last of our fruit before the grapes suffered any damage. Overall the vintage yielded wines characterized by bright acid and intense, crisp, focused fruit.
The fruit was hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard prior to arrival at the winery. The clusters were then carefully destemmed to keep the berries intact. Additional hand sorting removed any jack stems before the fruit was transferred to small, stainless steel, open-top fermenters. The juice and skins were cold–soaked for four days prior to fermentation and then gently punched down for 14-24 days. After primary fermentation was complete, the new wine was drained and the skins were gently pressed. The wine was barrel aged in 100% French oak barrels (30% new).