A bold and punchy, super-expressive Pinot with lovely aromatic nuance to play off the dark cherry and plum fruit. It is classy and layered with real depth and complexity. Showing immense character now although this will only improve over the next 5 years and beyond.
From vineyards that lie on the Santa Rosa Road corridor of the Santa Rita Hills and farmed using organic practices. These sites consist of varying soil types from sandy loam, clay loam, chert, shale. This cuvee is made from a blend of fruit from Bentrock, La Encantada, La Rinconada and S&B Vineyards | On average, one-third whole clusters included | Punched down for about three weeks before put into barrel | Aged for 18 months in French oak (10% new) | 327 cases produced
Racines is the exciting new project of talented young Santa Barbara winemaker Justin Willet in collaboration with pioneers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: Etienne de Montille and Brian Sieve of Domaine de Montille in Burgundy as well as Rodolphe Peters of Pierre Peters in Champagne.