100% Rancho La Cuna Vineyard
Santa Barbara County, California
This cuvee is 100% Pinot Noir from Jim’s own Rancho La Cuna Vineyard (RLC) located in Los Alamos, 10 miles southwest of his winery. This is the third Pinot Noir vineyard planted by Jim Clendenen. He planted this Pinot Noir in the early 2000s. Mainly planted with clone 115 with a small amount of 828. After 10 years of production the RLC Pinot Noirs are really starting to express distinct complexity.
As with all of Jim Clendenen’s Pinot Noirs the fruit is hand-picked, and processed soon after harvest. The grapes arrive at the winery cool, are processed cool, and slowly fermented. The fermenters are manually punched down at least two times per day. We prefer manual punch downs to gently extract all the good stuff from the grapes. After fermentation, the wine are aged in 100% new Francois Frères French oak barrels for 24 months, then bottled without filtration. This wine has a few years of bottle age, and it should continue to age gracefully for an additional 10.
90 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
90 points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media