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Produced from the Organically grown grapes at Folktale Winery, this Nouveau was hand harvested October 10 and sorted into fermenter bins along with dry ice. We covered the bins and tucked them in the back of our cellar for carbonic fermentation. As tempting as it was, we didn’t peek at the grapes for three weeks and let the enzymes break the sugar down into alcohol - producing floral crunchy cranberry flavors. On halloween, we lightly pressed the grapes and let the wine finish it’s fermentation in tank until being bottled 11/26. 25 cases produced. Enjoy the first taste of our harvest!
This Pinot showcases the unique minerality and earthiness of Mission Ranch Vineyard’s western canyon orientation. It presents dark red fruit with notes of violets, spice, and wet stone along with bright acid and a full bodied texture.
Escolle Vineyard has quickly gained esteem since being planted in 2008 in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We hand harvested clones 2A and 777 and natively fermented them in small batches. This site is true to the Santa Lucia Highlands character, producing fresh red fruit, black tea and spice aromas with a dark, broody nature and fine wood tannins on the palate.
Whole Cluster fermentation has been a staple of old-world winemaking for generations. It is with this tradition and spirit that we decided to allow our grapes to natively ferment while remaining on the cluster, producing fresh Hibiscus, lavender and a Redwood forest floor nose and a juicy and lengthy savory finish.
Perched on the east-facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range located just south of the Monterey Bay, the Santa Lucia Highlands are world renowned for producing some of California’s best Pinot Noir. Our cool-climate Pinot Noir is fresh and floral, with delicate rose petals, baking spice and minerality and a full-bodied texture.
This Pinot opens with juicy notes of blackberry, cassis, rose petals, and something like a strawberry-rhubarb pie. While the bouquet is delicate and nuanced, the palate is bold and complex with strong notes of black pepper, licorice, and spice. Elegant, complex, and spicy, this wine should be decanted before enjoying.
Brosseau Vineyard in the Chalone AVA has a remarkable combination of limestone soils, weather patterns and organic farming that produces intense minerality, texture and richness in its wines. The Grenache was natively fermented then aged in 2 neutral 500L French oak puncheons for 16 months. The wine opens with wild cherry and baking spice and has an incredibly rich mouthfeel that lingers.
This Grenache is a gorgeous ruby color in the glass and is aromatic with bright notes of wild boysenberry fruit, floral hibiscus, and rich notes of black cherry. These are followed by notes of white pepper, plum compote, and blueberry. Lively acidity and tannin round out the palate for a deliciously balanced and lingering finish. With juicy red fruit qualities and a full bodied texture, this wine is bolder than a Pinot and more delicate than a Cabernet; perfect for any occasion.
Le Mistral Whole Cluster Grenache is produced by fermenting intact clusters of grapes with minimal intervention. The results speak for themselves – exhibiting notes of mulberry, wild blackberry, and dried tobacco. The palate has fresh baking spice followed by silky tannins - reminding us of childhood memories of picking wild berries on a summer afternoon.
This cuvée of Grenache and Syrah is our flagship wine, paying respect to our history while celebrating our Monterey terroir. The light, playful flavors of mineral and bright, red fruit of Grenache dance on big, earthy, spice notes of Syrah. This is a wine of substance that harmonizes to the point of singing in the glass.
Planted in the 70's, the historic Massa Estate in Carmel Valley enjoys a micro-climate that is well-suited for Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines grow wild in small blocks and have been farmed organically from inception. The Cab is big and complex, with flavors of cherry cola, plum, baking spice, cassis, and dark chocolate.
A collaboration wine crafted by Sam Berketa from Alpha Box & Dice, our partner winery in Australia, and Folktale’s own, David Baird. While the adults weren’t looking, the two decided to make a special blend to commemorate the 2018 vintage. De-stemmed Cabernet Sauvignon was placed atop whole cluster Syrah grapes to ferment natively in 4 open barrels. The result is deep and complex, big and juicy - a truly special wine.
Brosseau Vineyard in the Chalone AVA has a remarkable combination of limestone soils, weather patterns and organic farming that produces intense minerality, texture and richness in its wines. The Syrah was natively fermented in bins and 500L puncheons, then aged for 16 months in 13% new French oak (87% neutral oak) producing a wine that has rich, dark flavors and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Our boldest wine yet, this smoky, savory flavor bomb is loaded with decadent layers – cured meat and white pepper, blueberry and plum, cedar and sweet tobacco. This wine will shine in 2-3 years- consider keeping it in your cellar to age till then.
THE HOUND is a classic blend of Bordeaux varietals, combining 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 9% Cabernet Franc sourced 89% from Massa Estate Vineyard and 11% from Cedar Lane Vineyard . The not-so-little brother of our Reserve Bordeaux blend, this wine is complex and elegant with aromas and flavors of blueberry, mocha, floral lilac, frisée, dusty vanilla, brown sugar, creme de cassis, pencil lead, cedar wood, and hibiscus. The texture offers nice richness with round and full tannins. The Hound is a beautiful, bold wine that will benefit from aging.