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2020 La Encantada Pinot Noir

2020 La Encantada Pinot Noir

Complex and balanced, influenced by fog and cool maritime winds




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About the Wine

The La Encantada Vineyard is situated approximately nine miles from the Pacific Ocean in the cool-climate Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Located off Santa Rosa Road in the southern valley of the appellation, this highly praised vineyard was planted by Richard Sanford in 2001. Notable for the rare east-west orientation of the valley, this location is influenced by the fog and cool, relentless marine winds from the mighty Pacific Ocean to the west. This vineyard source consistently produces a signature wine with a unique character, elegance, and a deft balance lending a true sense of place.

Tasting Notes

Varietal Composition

  • % Pinot Noir




Ruby-purple at the core that brightens at the rim.


Aromatic with complex layers of strawberry, Bing cherry and plum with vanilla, baking spice, and dried autumn leaves.


The palate follows suit with ripe cranberry, red currant, and toasted bread on entry, with earthy notes of forest floor, dried flowers, herbs with bright acidity and restrained tannins on the mid-palate, leading into a lengthy, fresh finish with juicy raspberry fruit and nicely integrated oak.

Key Features

  • Appellation

    Sta. Rita Hills

  • Fermentation

    100% destemmed in one-ton fermenters, punched down twice daily

  • Maturation

    Barrel-aged for 10 months in French oak (35% new)

  • Alcohol



Grilled Lamb Chops

The savory notes in the wine, along with the medium body and balanced acidity, would complement the rich flavors of the grilled lamb chops.

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