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2016 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 3.0L

2016 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 3.0L
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
September 2016
25% Neutral French Oak
Stainless Steel for 14 Days
Bottling Date
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We’re honestly thrilled to introduce this new vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Once allowed to open, the bouquet is richly aromatic with gorgeous notes of violets, roses, chocolate cherries, blueberry, strawberry, and vanilla. There’s the classic SLH minerality, akin to slate and pencil lead. There’s a hint of cola, and a bite of white pepper. This wine is decadent like red velvet cake, but well balanced with brisk acidity. Enjoy now, or let it rest in your cellar.
91 Points, Silver Medal, California State Fair 2018. 89 Points, Wine Enthusiast 2018.
Vineyard Notes
Tondre Vineyard Escolle Vineyard
Production Notes
Grapes were hand harvested from two different ranches growing the same beautiful 777 clone Pinot Noir. The first, Tondre Vineyard was harvested 9/6/16 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.
Winemaker Notes
Best to Drink: Through 2026
12 Bottles