Pali, 2020 Pinot Noir 'Huntington'
After gaining notoriety for our rare and collectible vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs, we embarked on a new challenge to reach a wider audience of wine drinkers. In 2008, we introduced ‘Huntington’ as an entry-level Pinot Noir priced accordingly, and made with the same standards of excellence and expertise as our more expensive and esoteric vineyard-designated wines. Our ‘Huntington’ is crafted from Pinot Noir grapes grown on Pali Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. This wine is expertly blended to capture the spirit of the region and express the unique flavors associated with Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. The grapes from this remarkable region are dark fruited and highly concentrated, producing wines with a powerful structure. The grapes are immediately destemmed, and are cold soaked for 5 days with intermittent punch-downs and pump-overs. We started the fermentation process with a few punch-downs each day and as the fermentation hit its peak activity and highest temperatures, we punched-down up to 4 times each day with additional pump-overs when necessary. As the fermentation finished, so did the actions we performed until completed. Lastly, we drained and pressed the wine into 20% new French oak barrels and 80% neutral French oak barrels. All lots are fermented as individual clones, then blended together before bottling. The wine is barrel-aged in 20% new French oak barrels and 80% neutral French oak barrels for 300 days.
Rustic cherry meets wild thyme and pine along with raspberry, cranberry, and sage to form a fruit forward yet earthy palate that’s pleasantly acidic.