Alma Rosa El Jabali Pinot Noir 2016
Rich and powerful aromas of black fruit, and tea leaf forward from the glass. A deep, dense violet color suggests the intensity of the wine. Laden with black fruit, plum, and blueberry aromas and flavors, along with the trademark sauvage notes the vineyard is known for, the 2016 El Jabali Pinot Noir sings on the palate. Dense but supple tannins and elevated acidity suggest long term aging potential. Drink now for its lovely fruit, or cellar for 7 or more years to bring out the more savory side of the wine.
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Working in partnership for more than 30 years, Thekla and Richard Sanford founded multiple, successful winegrowing enterprises. Their latest venture, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, represents the culmination of a lifetime's experience – an enterprise dedicated to creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environment-friendly commerce.
A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.
The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.