Wine Spectator 90
Seductive tea and cola notes anchor this fruity style, which features concentrated dark cherry, raspberry and dried blueberry flavors. Asian spice and mocha hints show on the finish.
by Wine Spectator, KM, 2019.
When Bill Foley founded Lincourt in 1996, the Sta. Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County was largely undiscovered. Today it is one of California's most coveted, cool-climate, viticultural regions. Lincourt's wines are produced entirely from estate vineyards within the AVA. They are rolling hillside sites that offer "limiting" soils, large diurnal temperature swings and long growing seasons. Our wines are rich, structured, fruit forward and regionally exact.
At Lincourt, we believe that a vibrant, living environment has a positive effect on the health of the vines and the character and quality of the wines. To ensure the vitality of our land and the authenticity of our wines, we use sustainable methods in all of our farming, winemaking and business practices.
APPELLATION: 100% Sta. Rita Hills
VINEYARD: Rancho Santa Rosa East and West
HARVEST DATE: August 19 - October 10, 2014
COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Noir
BARREL AGING: 10 months in French and Hungarian Oak, 25% new
TA: 6.2 g/L
BOTTLING DATE: July 13, 2015
Vineyards and winemaking
This Pinot Noir came from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The fruit was hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard prior to arrival at the winery. The clusters were then carefully destemmed to keep the berries intact. Additional hand sorting removed any jack stems before the fruit was transferred to small, stainless steel, open-top fermenters. The juice and skins were cold–soaked for four days prior to fermentation and then gently punched down for several days. After primary fermentation was complete, the new wine was drained and the skins were gently pressed. This Pinot was barrel-aged in 25% new French and Hungarian oak for 10 months.
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