Sourcing in the Sta. Rita Hills
For this vintage, we ventured into the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County—Landmark’s southernmost appellation of California’s Central Coast—and focused on how we could best express the diversity of this east-west oriented growing region.
With the town of Buellton as the eastern gateway to the AVA and Lompoc the terminus on the western end, we discovered multiple microclimates and maritime-influenced differences within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation based on the proximity of the Pacific Ocean and surface topography.
Working in partnership with like-minded growers who subscribe to our sustainable principles, we sourced from two exceptional vineyards on the west end of the AVA. Lying approximately 14 miles from the mighty Pacific is Hilliard Bruce Vineyards, the source of one of our vineyard-designated Chardonnays.
One of the many reasons this vineyard is so special is because its chardonnay is planted in one of the most westerly locations and experiences cool daily coastal winds that moderate the vigor of this vineyard, helping to dictate a long, successful growing season. Planted to Dijon Clones 76 and 96 and sourced from two distinctive blocks, this is one of our most terroir-driven wines.
Also farmed in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, with sustainable principles in mind, is the La Encantada Vineyard, located within the southern portion of the AVA, approximately 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard is our southernmost source of pinot noir for Landmark. Our La Encantada Pinot is another vineyard-designated wine, and we source Pommard 4, 115, 667 and 777 from four blocks, adding to the diversity of the site. The wind plays a significant factor in regulating growth and keeping the canopies smaller and more manageable, equating to outstanding quality.
Our other Sta. Rita Hills source for pinot noir is Dierberg Vineyard, located on the eastern end of the appellation near Buellton. As a contrast to the “cooler” west end of the AVA, the Dierberg Vineyard benefits from a slightly warmer growing season and is traditionally our first fruit harvested from the Sta. Rita Hills. With a mix of Calera and Swan selections along with clone 115, the hillside Dierberg Vineyard produces a vineyard-designated wine with intense structure and character.
We hope you have the opportunity to “experience the Hills” through our Santa Barbara County, Sta. Rita Hills-appellated wines—they are sure to delight.