Foxen La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine
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Foxen La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Sta. Rita Hills, CA
This is a gorgeous medium-bodied Pinot; elegant, silky, mouthwatering - we really love this wine!
92 Points - Wine Advocate: "Possessing a beautiful, high toned nose of violets, blood orange, toasted spice and caramelized cherries, the 2014 Pinot Noir la Encantada Vineyard hits the palate with a silky, polished, elegant, finesse-oriented texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Fresh and lively aromatically, yet with more richness and depth coming through on the palate, it's an impressive wine to enjoy over the following 7-8 years."
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast: "Bright raspberry and fresh-pressed bramble make for a nicely snappy nose that also conveys a touch of rust, graphite and earthiness. Tart cranberry and plum skin mesh into mineral tones of slate and pencil lead, all lifted by bay leaf and dried sage. It needs time to reach full potential."
La Encantada Vineyard, or the “charmed place”, was planted by Richard Sanford in 2000. It is located on the western fringe of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where its northern exposure makes it one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Foxen sources Dijon Pinot Noir Clones 667 and 115 from elevated, sloped mesas at this beautiful vineyard.
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Vineyard: La Encantada
Vineyard, Blocks 2, 11 & 11N
Clone(s): 34% Dijon 667 (Block 12N); 40% Dijon 777 (Block 2); and 26% Swan (Block 55)
Harvest: By hand in the cool of the night, from August 29th to September 6th, 2014
Yields: Around 3.5-4 tons per acre
Crush: 100% whole berry destemmed into small, open-top fermenters
Innoculum: Assmanhausen, RC212 & 3001 after 5 day cold maceration
Fermentation: 10 day active, with manual punch downs 2 times daily
Barrel Regime: 17 months in 100% tight grained French oak with medium toast, 28% new
Bottling: Without fining or filtration on March 16, 2016
Alc: 13.9% by volume
TA: 0.576 g/100ml
Production: 860 cases