Samsara 2013 Pinot Noir Las Hermanas Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
SAMsARA Wine Company was founded in 2002. The winery name is a Sanskrit word meaning “the eternal cycle of life"representing "the eternal cycle that" "every vine and wine goes through in its lifetime." SAMsARA’s philosophy of pristine and healthy fruit allows for a non-manipulated wine-making process. SAMsARA’s fruit is grown in ¾-acre plots of personallyselected rows in various Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. Picking fully-ripe stems and seeds is foundational to SAMsARA's overt fruitiness that develops during whole cluster fermentation. Along with the climate and soil, these diverse, handcrafted wines are a rare combination of full ripeness, concentration, excellent structure, minerality, high acidity, and moderate alcohol levels.
Hand-harvested from the Las Hermanas Vineyard, which is planted on six different soil types, all of marine origin • 50% whole-cluster fermentation, pressed with an ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle, and fermented in small lots (2 tons) with nativve yeast only • Year-round barrel maturation at 55 degrees • No fining, no filtering, and two racking and two SO2 addition prior to bottling • Aged 22 months in 25% new French oak and 12 months in bottle