Traditionally fermented in open top fermenters, the wine is aged in 20% new oak for sixteen months.
The 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir reflects a ripe vintage with intense color and nose of blueberries and red currants. The smells are redolent of forest floor earthiness. The flavors are round, of beet root and mushrooms, with pleasant tannin. Roast duck would be an excellent compliment.Richard Sanford
Richard is a true gentleman, but his legacy is planting Pinot in this area. Santa Rosa Road is not that far from campus, and was not yet famous from Sideways when I made this painting.
Bob Zorich '71
Founded in 2005 by Sta. Rita Hills pioneer winegrower, and Vineyard Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Sanford. Owned by Bob Zorich '71, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards places a focus on cool-climate varietals best suited to the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. These are chiefly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with additional production of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The wines are distinctive, expressive, and are exemplary of the region. Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is committed to sustainable agricultural and business practices including organic farming and green building techniques. Alma Rosa's estate vineyards are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), and were the first to achieve that recognition in the region. The name Alma Rosa is a tribute to the soul of the original Santa Rosa land grant on which the estate vineyards are planted.
Sta. Rita Hills pioneer winegrower, 2012 Vintners Hall of Fame inductee, and UCSB honorary alumnus Richard Sanford planted the first vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in 1970. He and his wife, Thekla Sanford, have since established multiple, successful wine growing enterprises, their most recent being Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.