As grape growers, the Zotovich family has been supplying top-notch Sta. Rita Hills fruit to some of the best producers in the valley—but not without bottling a little for themselves. The estate cherry picks the best blocks of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah from their sandy soils to fill the bottles with the family name. The Zotovich style is expressive, fresh, and structured, corroborating the family motto “Great wine is established in the vineyard”. You might be surprised by this Syrah in that it has the finesse and elegance of a Pinot Noir. But even though their cellar process is restrained, due to a 10% new oak program, you can’t help but still notice the intensity that Syrah is born with. Therefore, expect some zesty peppery notes inside that blackberry core.
Label I.Q.: The USA
appellation of Sta. Rita Hills is located to the far west of the Santa Ynez Valley, very near the California coast. However, it has to be spelled ‘Sta.’ on labels due to the protest by the large Chilean winery Viñas Santa Rita in which they felt the appellation naming would dilute their brand value and cause confusion if spelled out on California bottles.