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100% Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, California
Alma Rosa is deeply rooted in the winemaking history of the Santa Rosa Hills in
the southern sector of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Here, growing conditions combine
sunshine with the powerful cooling influence of onshore winds and fog from the
Pacific Ocean. The unique geography, chilly climate, and clay-loam soils attracted
Richard Sanford to this area in the early 70s where he pioneered Pinot Noir in
Santa Barbara County. Growing consistently balanced wines through sustainable
farming is part of the enduring legacy of our founder Richard Sanford.
Displaying a stunning deep ruby color, our 2019 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is aromatic and vibrant on the nose. Red fruit flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry and red cherry are layered with hints of white pepper, while chalky tannins and an essence of salinity come through in the finish. Vibrant, pure and sexy describe this delicious wine that exemplifies the best characteristics of the Sta. Rita Hills’ unique terroir.
Harvested at night between September 16 -21, 2019
5% whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts
Aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 11 months.