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2016 Folktale 777 Clone Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
50% New French Oak, 50% Neutral French Oak
This wine is made from the same clone of Pinot Noir (777, aka “Triple Seven”) from two ranches in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Blended together, this wine exhibits the true qualities of a Triple Seven Pinot Noir. Notes of currant, dark plum, blackberry, and warm vanilla open the bouquet, followed by warm leather and the rich minerality typical of the SLH growing region. On the palate, rich, juicy flavors of blackberry and licorice create a round mouthfeel, full bodied and balanced.
Tondre Vineyard Escolle Vineyard
Grapes were hand harvested from two different ranches growing the same beautiful 777 clone Pinot Noir. The first, Tondre Vineyard was harvested 9/6 at sunup on a clear morning. The sun cast a beautiful orange glow over the Santa Lucia Highlands due to the recent outbreak of the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur. The second, Escolle Vineyard was harvested 9/8/16 at 2am on another clear morning in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In both cases, the fruit was delivered to Folktale, sorted by hand, then sent to tank to cold soak at 55F for 5 days. The fermentations went off without a hitch, and finished within 8 days. Pressing took place 9/19, separating the free run juice from the press fraction. The wine was sent to barrel 9/20 and 9/21 where it sat until late August, just a week before bottling. The wine was bottled up on 8/1/17.
Best to Drink: Now through 2024
Production: 98 Cases