Votre Santé wines pay tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s grandmother, Maria Zasa, who would toast with the traditional French phrase, ‘à votre santé,’ every time she raised her glass
Votre Santé wines pay tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s grandmother, Maria Zasa, who would toast with the traditional French phrase, ‘à votre santé,’ every time she raised her glass.
We’ve proudly added to our lineup of Votre Santé wines an appellation-specific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two Burgundian varietals well adapted to a cool climate and crafted in a terroir-centric style to showcase the character of a specific region.
Our 2016 Votre Santé Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara exudes a beautiful fragrance that’s highly floral in nature. Scents of raspberries, blackberries, tea leaves, and rose petals are followed by a tapestry of complex flavors that include wild strawberries, pomegranate, and cloves. There is a good amount of spicy oak to frame the fruit along with light tannins. The wine finishes long, evolving in the glass with each sip.
Santa Barbara County represents the only place in North America where the coastal mountain range transitions from full north-south orientation to full east-west. This is why the ocean influence creates such an impact on this appellation. Morning fog, which blankets the vineyards every morning, is what prolongs the growing season and helps the grapes retain a strong level of natural acidity as well as rich concentration. Our Santa Barbara Pinot Noir offers great finesse with its layered, silky texture and profuse aromatics.
2016 was a classic vintage where a cold, wet winter replenished the soil and prepared the vines for good yields. Because the growing season unfolded slowly this year, the vines accumulated incredible concentration to create a lush, highly aromatic wine. Our Pinot Noir was picked in the early morning hours and cold soaked prior to fermentation. As the wine ferments slowly, regular punch downs are done for optimal extraction. The wine is then aged in a good portion of new French oak.