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2018 Folktale Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
9/5 - 9/20
20% new French Oak
Small Batch Native Fermentation
The wine opens with fresh rose petals, black cherry, cardamom, baking spice, and graham cracker. On the palate, pencil shavings, slate, minerality and wet leather balance with juicy cherry compote flavors.
Escolle Vineyard, clones Pommard 4, 777, and 2A Tondre Grapefield, clones 943, Pommard 4, and 115
Harvested between 9/5 and 9/20 of 2018, the grapes were sorted three times before being allowed to spontaneously ferment in small batches for around 2.5 weeks. The grapes were hand punched down daily to gently extract color, tannin, and flavors. After fermenting, the grapes were gently basket pressed and racked to French Oak barrels to age. The wine was blended and racked back to barrel in the summer of 2019, and bottled in March 2020 (total of 16 months in barrel).
Best to Drink: Through 2030
32% Whole Cluster Fermentation