Our estate vineyard, Quinta Santa Rosa, is in the southeast portion of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. This relatively small area is distinguished by its unique climate and soils. A typical day in Sta Rita Hills starts with marine layer clouds and fog, which typically burn off by 10am. Two or three hours of calm sunshine then prevail until the on-shore wind picks up, once again cooling the vines. This maritime influence, combined with the sedimentary soils with patches of limestone is the perfect place to grow the appellation's hallmark Pinot Noir.
Quinta Santa Rosa vineyard is planted in several blocks - the main vineyard faces east and includes Pinot Noir clone 667 on 3309 rootstock and clone 777 on 5C rootstock. The extreme slope of these blocks gives us excellent drainage, but does mean that everything has to be done by hand.
A small block in the west of the vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir clone 115 on 5C rootstock.