Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir
"Huntington" is crafted from premium Pinot Noir grapes sourced from Riverbench Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA and from our Pali Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. This wine is carefully blended to express the unique flavors associated with Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. True to the region, "Huntington's flavors consist of soft red fruits, particularly strawberries and raspberries and a variety of baking spices, clove, and cinnamon, along with such earthy components as black tea and mushrooms. This wine is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged in 20% new French oak for 15 months and then bottled in December 2018.
"Riviera" is crafted from Pinot Noir grapes sourced from two vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA: Pali's vineyard in the south-eastern corner of the AVA, and a small, family-owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley AVA (a sub-AVA within Sonoma Coast). This wine is fermented in small lots, punched-down up to three times daily during fermentation, then barrel-aged in 30% new French oak for eight months. Bottled in May 2018.
"Bluffs" is crafted from premium Pinot Noir grapes sourced from several notable vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA and carefully blended to express the unique flavors associated with this appellation. Pali's "Bluffs" is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged for eight months and bottled in April 2018.
"Alphabets" is crafted from 100% Pinot Noir grapes sourced from Oregon's Willamette Valley AVA. This wine is carefully blended to express the unique flavors associated with the Willamette Valley appellation. "Alphabets" is fermented in small lots and barrel-aged for 10 months in 30% new French oak. Bottled in 2018.
"Summit" is made from premium grapes grown on our Pali Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. This wine is hand-crafted, using small-lot fermentations and then aged in 30% new French oak for 15 months and bottled in December 2018. "Summit" is carefully blended to create a distinguished Pinot Noir that is complex in character yet approachable upon release.
Our Rosé of Pinot Noir is produced from several premium vineyards in the iconic Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The wine is crafted through the use of "saignée" method, then barrel-fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels for three months prior to bottling in January 2018. The sweet red fruit flavors of this dry style Rosé wine are nicely balanced by fresh acidity.
Fiddlestix Vineyard was planted in 1998 by Kathy Joseph, "Head Fiddle" at Fiddlehead Cellars. Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, CA. Fiddlestix Vineyard is planted to 80 acres of Pinot Noir, which benefits from morning fog, mild sunny days and cool ocean breezes. This wine is a combination of Dijon clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard 4. It was fermented in small lots, barrel-aged in 50 percent new French oak for 18 months, racked once and bottled in April 2018.
John Sebastiano Vineyard sits on the extreme northeastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Soils on this cool-climate vineyard are clay loam with an underlayer of limestone and vary in depth due to the slopes and swales. This Pinot Noir is made from a combination of clones 777 and Mt. Eden and is fermented in small lots, punched-down by hand up to three times daily, and then barrel-aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months. Bottled in April 2018.
Located on the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills, Radian Vineyard is a vast vineyard producing premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in a very extreme setting. Dramatic changes in altitude and soils laden with gravel, diatomaceous earth, and fossils of ancient sea creatures are all features that distinguish this vineyard. Owned and operated by Jonata and Screaming Eagle wineries, Radian Vineyard, and its sister vineyard Bentrock, produce wines of power and intensity. Our 2016 bottling from this vineyard is a bend of clones 777 and 115 and was hand-picked, fermented in small lots, then barrel-aged for 18 months using 50% new French oak. Bottled in May 2018.
The nose offers up sweet red fruits such as fresh raspberries, cherries and baked plums, all mingling with notes of cola, cinnamon, black pepper, and toasted oak. On the palate, black cherries and baking spices swirl with mushrooms and clove. Rich and coating mouthfeel with round tannins and fresh acidity on the finish.