2018 Lone Oak Pinot Noir (Magnum)


Our Lone OakPinot Noir – so named for the solitary oak tree overlooking its vines – is a blend of leading French clones grown in our estate Evan’s Ranch vineyard.  Despite the provenance of the clones, and compared to our Morgan’s Pinot Noir (which showcases the brighter and more classic international characters of Pinot Noir), Lone Oakis more Californian than Burgundian in style, with richer, riper fruit.  It seduces with fresh, pure aromas of sweet black cherry, ripe strawberry, red plum and black raspberry nicely complemented by lovely sandalwood, rose hips tea and vanilla scents. 

The 2018 vintage followed a heavy rainfall year that ended a five year drought.  However 2018 had below average rainfall, but the harvest dates returned to our typical timeline of mid to late September for the related clones that we select for our Lone Oak Pinot Noir.  This extra time and balanced crop delivers an equally balanced wine with classic Sta. Rita Hills characters.

This wine is rich and concentrated on the palate, with delicious dark cherry, plum and blackberry flavors balanced by bright acidity and supple tannins.  Our Lone OakPinot Noir culminates in a long, fruit-filled finish accented by savory spice, oak and mineral tones.  Delightful on release, it will age beautifully in bottle for up to five years, from the date it was bottled. 

Enjoy!

Dan Gainey

 


Wine Details

Composition:

100% Evan's Ranch Pinot Noir:

  • 40% Clone 777
  • 40% Clone 2A
  • 20% Clone 47

Harvest Dates:
September 12th - September 28th, 2018

Barrel Aging:
14 months in 100% French oak, 35% new French oak

Fermentation:
small open top tanks with daily punchdowns; 11-day maceration

Bottled:
February 5th, 2020

Alcohol:
14.1

TA:
0.64 g/100 ml

pH:
3.45