Rita's Crown  |  Bentrock


Rita's Crown  - Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Rita's Crown™ is located on the southwest facing slopes of the Santa Rita Hills, overlooking the Santa Ynez River Valley.  This cool–climate site, heavily influenced by the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, is ideally suited for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.  The east-west aspect of the Santa Rosa and Santa Rita Hills is ideal for allowing cool ocean fog to flow through the Santa Ynez River Valley.

Summary Vineyard Data

AVA: Santa Rita Hills
Acres: 60.7 planted (201 gross acres)
Aspect n/a
Varietals: Pinot Noir (44.8 acres), Chardonnay (15.9 acres)
Climate Data: Region I climate:
  • Heat summation: ~2,000 to 2,200 average degree-days
  • Rainfall: 14.8 inches average per year
Soils: Sandy Clay Loam  and Clay Loam Soils
Blocks: 21 blocks (ranging from 0.9 to 6.2 acres) / 1 parcel
Vine Density: 2,530 vines per acre (1.0 x 1.61 m) on 83 acres
Trellis: Vertical Shoot Positioning
Clones & Rootstocks PN clones: 114, 115, 667, 777, 828
PN rootstocks: 101-14, 3309
CH clones: 76, 95, 96, 124  
CH rootstocks: 420A, 101-14, 3309
Wines: Expression 34˚ Santa Rita Hills Blend
Vineyard Management: Patrick Mahaney



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