Pinot Noir
Rio Vista Vineyard
2A
2010

Pinot Noir

Rio Vista Vineyard
Clone 2A
2010

The Rio Vista Vineyard, appropriately named as it overlooks the Santa Ynez River, is the eastern gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Although slightly warmer during the growing season than vineyards further to the west, Rio Vista is tempered by the marine environment of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Clone 2A grapes were added to the Flying Goat Cellars portfolio from Rio Vista in 2004, and the first 2A “clonal” bottling debuted the following year. Clone 2A is one of the Wadenswil selection, a group of Pinot Noir clones imported from Switzerland in the 1950’s. Many like it as a “blender” as it tends to add red fruit, spice and nuances like violets and blueberries to a wine, without affecting density or tannin structure. But with the cool climate of the Sta. Rita Hills, 2A can easily stand on its own! The grapes were hand harvested and delivered early in the day while still cool and firm. Gently de-stemmed and placed into small open top bins, the grapes were made into wine and then placed into a combination of 70% neutral and 30% new French Oak barrels, where they remained for 12 months.


Tasting Notes

Our shy teenager has evolved into Mrs. Robinson. This vintage of 2A offers a garnet color with the spicy characteristics of ground Jamaican Blue coffee on the nose. Blue fruit  and tannins coat the palate with a smooth transition at the finish. Enjoy the full bodied acidity with your favorite heavy proteins, as this is a more structured wine. It’s also delicious with mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese, grilled vegetables, flatbread with caramelized shallots, goat cheese and chanterelles. Desserts include blueberry compote or tart or bittersweet chocolate. Great aging potential 5-8 years.

Details
Harvested: October 13, 2010
Bottled: August 15, 2011
Released: February 2, 2013
Production: 247 cases
Alcohol: 14.4% by Volume
pH: 3.71
TA: .56 g/100mL
Brix: 25.3
Clone 2A

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Price: $42.00
 
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