Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, California
After an exhaustive search, the Murphy family found an unplanted 200-acre property in the Santa Maria Valley. 16 miles from the Pacific ocean, it was perfect for the elegant style of pinot noir and chardonnay that the family and winemaker Dieter Cronje sought to produce.
The approach to the vineyard design was a strategy of combining terroir and diversity. They mapped the site's deep sandy soils, distinct airflows, exposures, and elevations before planting in order to facilitate decision-making about row directions, spacing, clones, and even the rootstocks.
The estate is located in between the San Rafael mountains to the north and the Solomon Hills to the south, which helps to funnel cool air from the Pacific and create a long growing season that yields elegant, balanced pinot noir and chardonnay with good acidity.