Dragonette Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine

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Dragonette Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Sta. Rita Hills AVA, CA

92 pts. Galloni

This Pinot Noir is a blend of 6 of the best vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. It's just perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious! Pairs beautifully with poultry, pork, and fish dishes. You can't go wrong with this wine - it's a crowd pleaser!


The SRH Pinot Noir is all about complexity and balance. From the inception of our winery we have believed that blending Pinot Noir from diverse vineyard blocks and sites would create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Wines form the warmer parts of the SRH would provide dramatic fruits and baking spices, wines from the cooler portions would provide, higher toned red fruits, fresh herbs, minerals and great acidity. Over the years we have selected vineyard sources for the purpose of crafting this wine, and in 2015 we blended grapes from 6 different vineyards to make this wine sing the song of the Santa Rita Hills – beautifully pure, fairly rich red fruits, excellent spices and big but beautiful structure. We carefully age the wines on their lees to limit movement and retain freshness and energy. In 2015 the wine was comprised of grapes from Radian (41%), Fiddlestix (30%), John Sebastiano (15%), La Encantada,(7%), Cargasacchi (4%), Duvarita (4%). The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new), and is displaying excellent power and concentration. 

Remote and mountainous, blasted by cold winds and covered in fog, the dramatic
Radian vineyard with its diatomaceous soils and tiny yields gives concentrated
wines with great minerality and complexity. Five distinct blocks at the renowned
Fiddlestix provide complex, red fruited, spicy wines. John Sebastiano lies on
steep, windswept slopes, and yields intense, fruit-dominated wines. Cool and
foggy La Encantada gives intense, textbook Sta. Rita Hills black cherry fruits
and structure. Cargasacchi produces dark, concentrated wines. Duvarita’s sandy
soils give elegant, high-register, red fruited wines with fresh herb notes.

2015 was the last year of a record breaking 3-4 year period of extreme drought.
Partially as a result, the vines broke bud in very early March under warm
conditions which lasted into April. However, a very cool and windy May resulted
in very poor set; with crop levels reduced significantly (although Radian’s very
low yields are typical). What little fruit was on the vine received all the plants’
energy through very warm to hot temperatures in June, July and right up until
harvest, which commenced as early as the very beginning of August. Harvest was
conducted under somewhat rapid (and thus tricky) conditions, but the fruit that
was picked was of truly outstanding quality; with incredible depth and
concentration. The wines will be impressive in their youth but should age well
on the strength of the great underlying material.

We schedule all picks for early morning (or night) harvest, and we personally
hand sort clusters in the field. We process the fruit within hours; some is fully
destemmed without crushing, some is fermented with a percentage of whole
clusters. We cold soak the grapes for 4 to 7 days before permitting fermentation
to commence with native yeasts and temperature control. At dryness, free run
juice is drained directly to barrel, and the remaining berries are gently pressed
separately. The wines are aged on their lees, without racking. Painstaking
blending emphasizes complexity and balance. Bottled unfined & unfiltered.

Radian - 41%
Fiddlestix - 30%
John Sebastiano - 15%
La Encantada - 7%
Cargasacchi - 4%
Duvarita - 4%

4, 113, 114, 115, 667, 777

1.18 to 3.4 Tons per acre

August 11 to September 6

1.4 ton open top fermenters
93 % Destemmed, 7% whole cluster
4 to 7 day cold soak
Native yeasts

100% French oak (4% new)

16 months on the lees

January 12, 2017 (unfiltered)

ALCOHOL: 14.4%


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