2013 Pence Ranch Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, CA
Medium ruby in color, this wine has aromas of sweet Pinot fruit mingled with damp earth and “stones and bones” – the mineral character I get from this vineyard. Made with 25% stem inclusion, there are cut flowers and cinnamon on the nose as well as other soil inflected characteristics. Typically wines from this vineyard can be a bit reticent when young, so decanting is encouraged. Other notes: savory flavors, serious but not stern, persistent.
Located at the eastern edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, Pence Ranch is a 40-acre hillside vineyard located within a 200-acre upland ranch. The vineyard is composed of 18 separate blocks planted to multiple clones and rootstocks of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache and Syrah. The vineyard was planted in 2006 and the first harvest was 2009. The vineyard contains multiple exposures and soil variations. The primary soil type is a clay loam, with limestone deposits as well as metamorphic gravels. The soils have better than average water holding capacity due to the clay components. Row direction varies with the topography.