Winemaker's Tasting Note
Pure ruby in color, the 2015 Lyric by Etude captures the essence of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir in its opulence of true red fruit. Rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and fresh strawberry, this youthful Pinot Noir drinks complex with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, sandalwood and cola. Offering an elegant structure, silky tannins and bright acidity, this Pinot Noir is captivating in its youth and makes a wonderful counterpart to a variety of dishes.
Santa Barbara County’s lengthy growing season and coastal climate make the appellation a perfect place to grow balanced and concentrated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit. The southerly location of these inland valley vineyards provides generous sunshine to ripen grapes to full maturity, but the cool direct influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates the heat, making this one of the coolest growing regions in California. The east-west transverse valleys, unique to this region, open the vineyards directly to the maritime fog and breeze, and cool the sunny valleys significantly.
About the Vintage
After three years of plentiful harvests in Santa Barbara County, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild winter and spring with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few weeks earlier than ever before. The drier-than-normal conditions and the region’s abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller bunch and berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration.