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Wine Guide > Pacific Ridge Vineyards > Pacific Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir

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Pacific Ridge Vineyards
Pinot Noir

2005 Pacific Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County

Cuvee of wine from Bien Nacido, Laetitia, Rimrock, and Solomon Hills
Mostly cool, windy conditions at these locations are optimal for growing Pinot Noir. This blend has combined aspects of multiple premium vineyards in the same general area.

Aged in a combination of neutral and newer French oak for 14 months:
30% in 2 year old barrels
40% in 3 year old barrels
20% in 1 year old barrels
10% in new barrel
Coopers: Cadus, Seguin Moreau, Demptos
Forests: Center of France, Vosges with medium toast

The winemaking of this delicate fruit was approached with the idea of using more than one method to achieve greater structure and sophistication. Pinot Noir from four vineyards was included in the final blend. Whole cluster fermentation was used with only the Laetitia fruit, a fermentation of intact clusters as picked from the vine with no intervention of machines – all stems and berries are intact. This technique contributed to achieving a wine of greater complexity.

After fermentation, the wine was handled with the least possible intervention. Racking was minimized, and no fining was performed before a light filtration.

241 cases produced
750 ml $45.00

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