Santa Rita Hills
Owned by: Zotovich Family
Vineyard Manager: Ben Merz
Varietals: Pinot Noir (Dijon clones 113, 115)
Located in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills off Highway 246 on a very gentle, even slope with northern exposure, this vineyard is capable of making extraordinary wine. Originally established by a different set of owners, this vineyard is going through a revival under the new ownership of the Zotovich family to achieve its intended greatness. My collaboration with the Steve Zotovich and his family along with the vineyard manager, Ben Merz, has produced wines of the highest caliber. Using Dijon clones 113 and 115, the Pinot Noir is full-bodied and muscular yet harmonious and graceful. It possesses exuberant aromatics with a blueberry core and underlying mineral and forest floor nuances reminiscent of great red Burgundies.