Tasting Note：As the flagship Pinot Noir from Lincourt, our Rancho Santa Rosa bottling embodies the essence of the cool climate Sta. Rita Hills. The 2016 displays lovely aromatics of bright black cherry and raspberry with notes of delicate baking spice. This Pinot Noir is the perfect example of the expression of Pinot Noir from this region, with its food friendly light bodied style complemented by a faint hint of cracked black pepper on the finish. Pair with saucy braised short ribs over creamy polenta.
Food Matching：Salmon with lentils or filet with mushroom ragout.
Climate：The AVA is exposed to fog and coastal breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. East-west coastal valleys, cool weather, fog, wind and soils that limit vine vigor and crop yield intensify the flavors of our wines.
Geology：The miracle of the region’s microclimate began about 20 million years ago during the Miocene Epoch, as marine sediment was deposited deep under the Pacific Ocean. Due to tectonic plate movements, mountains rose out of the ocean in a north-south orientation. Over a timespan of twelve million years, the mountains broke from the plate and turned clockwise, creating the most clearly delineated transverse range, from Alaska to Chile, on the Pacific Coast. For this reason you find poor marine-based soils with elevated calcium levels.
Harvest：Manual and machine.
Vinification：Stainless steel fermentation.
Aging：10 months aging in French and Hungarian Oak, 20% new oak.