About our wines
We have a passion for Pinot; mostly Noir, as well as Blanc and Gris... Chardonnay has a special place in our vineyards, too. This passion started long ago, and it led to pioneering a growing region, planting many acres of vineyards, representing California Pinot Noir across the US and abroad and working many, many hours on a tractor.
Our home is on the Santa Rosa Road corridor, in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, where the cool, ocean-influenced growing conditions and clay-based soils help us grow Pinot and Chardonnay with elegantly layered aromatics and refreshing acid profiles.
To be more specific...
We are on the 34°N parallel, the same latitude as Tunisia, and the sun here is intense. Our vineyards are located on north-facing slopes, where the afternoon sun and its heat are less marked, and the grapes–at perfect ripeness–can convey floral, fruit and mineral aromas to the wines. The temperature on our estate peaks around 12:30 PM due to the afternoon maritime onshore winds, and this is much earlier than other California Pinot Noir growing regions. Although our region reaches similar temperature highs as others, the duration of heat is not as long, fostering the unique wine profiles of the Sta. Rita Hills that we live to capture and share.
Spring 2019 Release
93 points, Wine Spectator Insider
93 points, Antonio Galloni
262 cases produced
The 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Encantada is one of the more understated wines in this range. Floral overtones give the sweet red cherry, mint and white pepper notes striking lift. Gracious, pretty and impeccably balanced, the 2016 will drink beautifully right out of the gate. The 2016 is not an obvious wine, as so many Sta. Rita Hills Pinots can be, but it just gets better and better with time in the glass.
-- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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Organically farmed since 1983. Dense blackberry, forest floor and rustic tannins. Most burgundian of the 2015 Alma Rosa Vintage.
91 points Wine Spectator
91 points Jeb Dunnuck
93 points-Antonio Galloni
The 2016 Pinot Noir Rancho La Viña is another deep and highly expressive wine from Alma Rosa. Generous red and purplish berry fruit and soft curves give the wine much of its sheer appeal. Still, I would prefer to cellar the 2016 for at least a few years to allow all the elements to fuse together. Hints of rose petal, earthiness and red berry fruit come through beautifully on the ﬁnish.
-- Antonio Galloni
Spicy aromas of ripened strawberry, orange peel and black cherry. Distinct under currents of cocoa, espresso bean and autumnal spices. Graceful and full flavored, with bold, pliable tannins and a balanced structure.
The 2014 Pinot Gris has a slight blush of "gris" color. The wine has a delicate lychee nut and eidelweiss floral nose.
These larger-than-life wines always make the best gifts and are a preferred method for aging wines in your cellar.
Seductive aromas of lime, gardenia flowers, kiwi fruit and marzipan, with an elegant salty mineral disposition.