Located a mere seven miles from the Pacific Ocean on the western
edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County,
La Encantada Vineyard is unquestionably the coolest site where
Landmark sources pinot noir.
This is one of the few locations in the world that run perpendicular rather than parallel to the ocean. This orientation means cool air funnels directly from the Pacific, causing the winds to rip across the vineyard daily and, subsequently, clear the fog by midmorning. This pattern creates extremely small berries forming on the grape cluster and a concentrated wine with structure and red fruit character.
La Encantada Vineyard was planted in 2001 by Santa Barbara County legend Richard Sanford, who had the foresight to take advantage of what this special site had to offer. And we are fortunate to be able to get our hands on this exceptional fruit.
The grapes from this vineyard were 100% destemmed into one-ton fermenters and then cooled for four days. On the fifth day, the fermenters were moved outside to warm up. The fermentation took approximately ten days with punch-downs occurring twice a day.
The wine displays classic notes of red raspberry, cherry pie, black tea and forest floor. In the mouth, the aromas unfold to reveal plush tannins along with deeper blood orange and bay leaf elements as well as the initial aromas.