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2018 Folktale Escolle Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 Points- Vinous | 90 Points- Wine Enthusiast
Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
16 months in French oak (33% new)
1.5 Ton fermenter, native
Red raspberry, strawberry, rose petals, black tea, forest floor, and soft spice aromas. The palate is broad with fine wood tannin, pencil lead, and a dark, broody nature.
Harvested between 9/18 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 Jan 2020 (total of 16 months in barrel)
Best to Drink: 2022-2034
142 cases produced
2A and 777 clones. 33% Whole Cluster