Samuel Louis Smith 2020 Spear Vineyard Pinot Noir

Spear Vineyard


Spear is one of the newest and most compelling sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in 2014 and farmed organically by Ofer Shepher, its northern border and steep north-facing slopes hug Highway 246. Varied elevation reaches 900 feet and soils are comprised of marine sedimentary clay and sand, with veins of limestone at the peak. 

Light garnet. Alpine strawberry, pine sap, and cinnamon on the nose are supported by red fruit and savory spices on the palate. Light bodied, framed by medium plus acidity and weightless tannins.

Technical Details

Alcohol 12.1%
pH 3.60
TA 6.4
69% whole cluster fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentation
10 months élévage in 36% new and 64% neutral French oak barrels
Two barrels • 46 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

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