Noir, Santa Maria Valley, 2009
Solomon Hills Vineyard
From one of Santa Barbara County’s great growing
regions, the Rusack Solomon Hills Pinot Noir
captures some of this region's classic characteristics.
This wine contains notes of warm
allspice, sour cherry, and dried cranberries, which
follow through on the
palate. The sweet silky
tannins make for a round and approachable wine that
is also age worthy.
Arriving at the winery in the early hours of the
day, the small Pinot Noir berries were removed from
their stems and then placed into one-ton macro bins
for fermentation. Carefully tended, the grape “must”
was punched down by hand twice each day to extract
flavors and tannins from the skins and manage the
fermentation temperature. Upon completion of fermentation,
the new wine was placed into French oak barrels,
of which were new, for ten months of aging. Bottled
in August 2010, released in 2011.
99 cases produced.
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Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° F, darkness.
Aging Potential: To
enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-3 years
of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions,
consume within 3-7 years of bottling date.
100% Solomon Hills clone 667
Alcohol: 14.2%, pH: 3.61, TA: 0.623 g/100ml
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