2009 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine – Rating: 92 Points

Grand Harvest Awards: Gold

Located on the cooler west side of Sta. Rita Hills, La Encantada (which lives up to it’s of “the enchanted”) was planted in 2001 by Richard Sanford — the “Godfather” of Santa Ynez Pinot Noir. Here, the mountains run east to west, funneling troughs of chilly temperatures and fog in from the coast, creating an essential climate for a beautiful wine. La Encantada, is the first certified organic site in Santa Barbara planted to a range of Dijon clones on devigorating rootstock that produce tiny clusters with yields hovering around 2 tons per acre. The result is dark cherry, earth and spice – a passionate aroma and a taste expected of a location as “enchanting” as Sta. Rita Hills Pinot.

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