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Wild Horse Pinot Noir Unbridled 2011Wild Horse Pinot Noir Unbridled 2011

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Size: 750ml.
Country: USA
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara
Producer: Wild Horse

At Wild Horse Winery, the free-spirited attitude and sustainable focused vineyard practices are what makes this winery so unique. Located South of Paso Robles, in Templeton, California, Wild Horse Winery creates compelling wines from 16 diverse appellations and more than 40 vineyards from the Central Coast. “Live Naturally, Enjoy Wildly” reflects the attitude and personalities of the people who have been creating these wines for over 25 years.

This bottle of Unbridled Pinot Noir is comprised of three vineyards located in northern Santa Barbara County. Found on the Westside of the Santa Maria River are Garey and Solomon Hills Vineyard. Their sandy soils and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean allow the vineyards to naturally produce lower yields increasing the aptitude for concentrated fruit and even ripening. Southwest of Garey and Solomon Hills, in the highly acclaimed Santa Rita Hills AVA, is Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard. The smallest appellation in the state, Santa Rita Hills is bound by the La Purisima Hills to the North and Santa Rosa Hills to the South. Amid powerful winds and mild maritime influence, this region also maintains lower yields similar to Garey and Solomon Hills Vineyard.

The lots of Pinot Noir delivered to the winery via refrigerated trucking. Grapes were destemmed and then fermented in 1.5 ton fermentation boxes and small open top tanks. The must was punched down 2-3 times per day during primary fermentation. Each lot spent at least 10 days on skins to maximize extraction and achieve softer tannins. After pressing, each lot was then racked once from tank into 100% French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 14 months of aging. They select only the finest barrels to produce an extremely limited bottling.