Pinot Noir
Rio Vista Vineyard

Pinot Noir

Rio Vista Vineyard
Dijon Clones


Three different blocks and three different clones comprise Rio Vista Vineyard. This meticulously farmed vineyard sweeps down the hillside on the southeastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, overlooking the Santa Ynez River – hence its name, “River View”. The grapes for our wine hail from the steep, eastern hillside of the vineyard, with soils laden with rocks and chert. Our Dijon blend is made up of clones 115, 667 and 777. After hand harvesting, the perfect little clusters were gently de-stemmed and the whole berries placed into fermenters. After inoculation with yeast, the “must” slurry of juice and skins was punched down by hand twice each day to extract flavor, color and tannins. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine was placed into French oak barrels, about 35% of which were new, and allowed to age for 18 months. After a light filtration to ensure clarity and remove any unwanted sediment, the wine was bottled and stored. This bottle aging allowed the tannins, acids and flavors to meld and integrate, providing a wine that is enjoyable upon release. Each of these “dijonaise” clones contributes a component and enhances the others in this blend. The result is a highly structured wine with layers of complexity and intrigue.

Tasting Notes

A well defined clear rim color contrasted against the medium garnet wine suggests the graceful aging of this wine. Smoke, black currants, cherries, cocoa and leather on the nose entice you to inhale the rich bouquet. The fruit forward dark plum qualities of the 667 clone provide a beautiful foundation, while clones 115 and 777 further enhance the structural components and lush layers of flavor. The tasting experience starts off elegantly and rolls across your palate, leading into a procession of flavors with a Wagnerian crescendo. Recommended food pairings include smoked coho salmon, spicy sausages, wild boar, ribs, or dark chocolate torte (the groom’s wedding cake!)

Harvested: October 13, 2010
Bottled: May 3, 2012
Released: April 13, 2013
Production: 301 cases
Alcohol: 14.8% by Volume
pH: 3.73
TA: .56 g/100mL
Clone: 667, 777, 115

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