2017 Escolle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

2017 Escolle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
2017 Escolle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
     The fruit for this Pinot Noir comes from Escolle Vineyard located at the northern end of
Santa Lucia Highlands. This site is impeccably farmed by the Caraccoli Family, who are
incredible stewards of their land. Very low water usage translates into low yields of intense
fruit full of flavor and acidity. The strong marine influence and well drained gravelly loam
soils of Chular combine to deliver Pinot Noir fruit that showcases both power and finesse.
     The fruit was hand harvested in the cool early morning hours before a major heat spike to
avoid over-ripe flavors. The grapes were mostly de-stemmed, leaving 15% of the pick as
whole cluster. Fermentation consisted of native yeasts at cool temperatures to dryness in
small open top temperature controlled tanks. The wine was aged on the lees for 8 months
in neutral French oak barrels where a naturally occurring malolactic fermentation
occurred. The wine was racked to tank and allowed to settle for a month prior to being
bottled, unfined and unfiltered. This wine saw very little sulfur and was only bottled with
20ppm to ensure it is protected while remaining as pure and expressive as possible.
Vintage2017
VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
VineyardEscolle
Residual Sugar0.4 g/l
Alcohol13.30%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced400 (6 x 750ML)
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