50% Dijon clone 115, 50% Pommard clone 5 • 33% whole cluster fermentationAged nine months in French oak barrels, 17% new • Six barrels produced • 14.2% Alcohol
92 Points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
90 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
Tasting notes: Solomon Hills Vineyard is located about seven miles from the ocean just outside the city of Orcutt in Santa Barbara County. The maritime influence combined with ocean floor sandy loam soil results in wines with bright fruit, good balance, crisp acidity and what is known as "Santa Maria spice". The lively nose jumps out of the glass, revealing a tightly-knit profile of fresh cherries, strawberries, hazelnuts, spice cake, violet and rose petal. The smooth, silky, light-bodied mouthfeel delivers notes of firm red strawberry, raspberry and cherry mixed with dashes of currant, caramelized orange peel, saddle leather, vanilla and gingerbread cookies. Delicate tannins transition to a sparkle of acidity on the finish. Beware...this wine goes down a little too easy.