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Hitching Post Pinks Dry Rose 2012

Hitching Post Pinks Dry Rose 750ml 2012      
Sku: 1867980*

Frank Ostini a chef, and Gray Hartley, a fisherman, make handcrafted Pinot Noir from vineyards in Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills. Frank and Gray first made wine at home in 1979. The project moved to a winery in 1984 to make wines exclusively for the Hitching Post Restaurant. With the 2008 harvest, Frank and Gray moved the winemaking to Terravant Winery, a new ultra premium facility in Buellton. Their focus has been to work with some of the best growers in Santa Barbara County, from the quality vineyards of Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Los Alamos. The grapes are picked in the early morning and destemmed without crushing into ton open-top fermentation vats of varying sizes from five to 20 tons. Cold maceration is allowed for several days, and then cultured yeast is added to promote a long and cool fermentation. Manual punch downs from 1-3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation. Pressing occurs after 14-21 days directly into barrel (no settling of solids). The wine rests in barrel until racking just before bottling. Most wines are aged in French oak barrels for 18 months and are bottled unfiltered. As the wine matures it is simply left to gently age in the barrel.

Tasting notes
This dry and approachable Rose presents crisp aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry and rainbow sorbet.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 87 points (Aug 2013)
Fresh and lively, with plenty of cherry, strawberry and hints of melon, the 2012 Pinks Rose is medium-bodied, rich and mouth-filling. Made in a richer style, its well done and finishes cleanly. Drink it over the coming 6-8 months. Drink now.

Technical notes
(48% Valdiguie/47% Grenache/5% Pinot Noir). Half of the must was fermented in tank and the other half in neutral barrels both batches were aged for five months on their lees.

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Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Type: Still wine
 
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