2014 Pinot Noir

Another varietal well suited for the cool climate and clay loam soils of Santa Catalina Island, this wine is a blend of French clones planted in three small blocks. Each has its own microclimate due to row orientation and specific location at El Rancho Escondido. The wine is fermented in small 3⁄4 ton containers and gently transferred to French oak barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months. This is an elegant sensual wine with lush texture, featuring spicy black cherry flavors and Burgundian aromatics of citrus blossom, dried herbs, boysenberries, bergamot, rhubarb, and cream, and ripe plum.

Rusack, Santa Catalina Island Vineyards, El Rancho Escondido
Bottling Date:
August 30, 2016
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Release Date:
November 2016

This is an elegant sensual wine with lush texture, revealing sumptuous flavors of Rainier cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry that combine with Burgundian aromatics of forest floor, orange zest and caramel, finishing with a delicate softness that lingers on the palate.

Fermented in 1 ton macro bins
100% French Oak, 50% New for 11 months
Bottle Analysis:
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.40
  • TA: 0.758g/100ml

Aging Potential

To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1 to 3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under optimal conditions, consume within 3-10 years of bottling date.