Noir, Santa Maria Valley, 2009
From one of Santa Barbara County’s great growing
regions. The Rusack Santa Maria Valley Pinot
Noir captures some of this region’s classic
characters of strawberry and cherry, with a hint
of mesquite, which are followed by flavors of rhubarb
and cranberry. The soft, silky tannins make for
an approachable young wine that
also age worthy.
The majority of the
grapes for the vintage hail from two stellar Santa
vineyards: Solomon Hills and Sierra Madre.
The grapes were de-stemmed upon arrival at the winery
in the early hours of the day 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
the skins and manage the fermentation temperature.
Upon completion of fermentation, the new wine was
placed into French oak barrels, 33% of which were
new, for ten months of aging. Bottled without filtration
in August of 2010, the wine enjoyed eleven months
of bottle aging before being released. 686 cases
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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.
56% Solomon Hills, 34% Sierra Madre, 6% Fiddlestix,
4% Rio Vista
Alcohol: 14.3%, pH: 3.55, TA: 0.615 g/100ml
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