Solomon Hills Vineyard 2021
93 Points - Wine Advocate
Santa Maria Valley experienced a prolonged growing season due to cooler weather. The combination of variable weather and strong winds in the spring delayed development and influenced bloom and set, creating differing yields in the vineyards. The lower yields and cooler growing season produced grapes with pronounced acidity and excellent concentration that were harvested on September 9th.
After destemming and a three-day cold soak, fermentation took place in open-top stainless steel tanks at a range of warm and cool temperatures. Aged for 11 months in 100% French oak with 35% new barrels.
Nose: Aromas of dark cherry and pomegranate are accented by notes of cherry blossoms, white mushrooms, forest floor, and dark earth.
Palate: Medium-bodied with flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and cherry, mixed with tangerine, cinnamon, and cola that culminate in a long, flavorful finish.
“The 2021 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard has detailed aromas of raspberry and rhubarb … the palate is silky and refreshing with detailed, fragrant fruit and a long, ethereal finish. This crunchy, spicy style is easy to drink!” ~Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (93 Points)