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VINEYARD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bentrock, Radian and Puerta del Mar, are branded as three vineyards due to their unique aspects, locations and soil-types. Collectively, the property has 200 acres of vineyard planted almost entirely within the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
  • This cool-climate site, heavily influenced by the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, is ideally suited for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
  • Mixed slope aspects and sunlight exposures create a multitude of unique microclimates for growing world-class winegrapes.

GENERAL PROPERTY INFORMATION

Address/Location
3780 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, California 93436

Located in a triangle formed by the intersection of Santa Rosa Road and CA Hwy 1; Southern boundary fronts 3.5 miles of Hwy 1; Northern boundary fronts 4.5 miles of Santa Rosa Road

AVA
Sta. Rita Hills

Description
Radian is one of the westernmost vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted on a wide selection of slopes, aspects and exposures, Radian seemingly wraps around the undulating hillsides that comprise this cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard. Many winemakers have commented on the unique “Pinot Noir Bowl” that exists in the center of Radian, a set of blocks that wrap around the hillsides of Radian in an almost 360° pattern. The “Pinot Noir Bowl” is planted to a mix of Dijon Pinot Noir clones and offers almost every aspect imaginable to winemakers.

Bentrock is perched on an undulating north-facing bench in the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Taking full advantage of the marginal climate that exists in the Sta. Rita Hills, Bentrock provides the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay planted in its soils the opportunity to ripen slowly during what are often the warmer fall months of September and October in the Sta. Rita Hills. This extended hangtime allows for sugars to ripen slowly, allowing flavor development and tannin softening to occur in slow unison, leading to deep and concentrated wines.

Puerta del Mar is located to the west of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in one of the far western reaches of Santa Barbara County. Residing less than 10 miles from the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Puerta del Mar is at the confluence of where the cool marine influence of the Pacific Ocean rushes in to infiltrate the inland Santa Ynez valley.

Collectively, the property consists of 3,595 gross acres with approximately 792 total plantable acres.

Clones/Rootstocks 
PN clones: 4, 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828
PN rootstocks: 101-14, 1103, 1616, 3309, RG
CH clones: 76, 95 
CH rootstocks: 1103, 101-14, 3309

Topography
Rolling hills, from level at Santa Rosa Road to steep slopes; elevation ranges from 150 feet to 1,000 feet

Trellis
Vertical Shoot Positioning

Climate
Region I climate:

Heat summation: 2,000 to 2,200 degree-days

Rainfall: 14.8 inches average per year; windy

Soils
Tierra Loam Eroded, Crow Hill Loam, and Gasos Clay Loam soils