Style
Red
Type

Still

Winemaker

Sam Smith

Appellation

Santa Lucia Highlands

Varieties

Pinot Noir

Viticulture

Grapes are a combination of estate and sourced fruit, grown on slopes of 150m-550m in elevation with a Southeast facing exposition. The vines are VSP trained and are 20 years old on average. Harvest takes place by hand with an average yield of 3 tons/acre.

Soil

The soil is a mix of Arroyo Seco gravelly loam and Chualar loam

Vinification

At the winery, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed to start the fermentation. A mix of 50% selected yeast and 50% ambient yeast is used during fermentation, which lasts 8 days. Throughout this time the wine is maintained in small, open-top tanks with regular punch downs that are performed by hand. Total Sulfite count is 21mg/L. There is minimal filtration and no fining prior to aging.

Aging

The wine is aged for 9 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, and an additional 4-10 months in bottle prior to release.

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