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2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
"Upper Bench"

2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Winemaking & Vineyard Details

Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Upper Bench
Clone
Pommard
Fermentation
open-top tanks
Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Aging
11 mos in French oak barrels (Boutes cooper, 33% new)
Alcohol %
14.3
TA | pH
4.8 g/L | 3.96
Winemaker
Daniel Moore
Production
16 barrels, 395 cases
PRICE
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$42.00
 
SKU: ESLHPN15

Impressions
Nose
: black cherry, raspberry, honeysuckle, cigar smoke
Mouth: cherry, herbs, black pepper, jasmine tea, balanced acidity, velvety texture

Vineyard
The Santa Lucia Highlands were planted with grapes by Franciscan missionaries in the 1790s, but not approved as an AVA until 1991. Most vineyards are located on a narrow strip of east-facing geological benches overlooking the Salinas River Valley. The deep sandy-loam soils (mostly Chualar Series) contain concentrations of calcium that limit vine growth and berry size to enhance wine depth. The prevailing Mediterranean climate (Region I) is marked by warm, clear days that receive daily whippings of cold air and frequent fog.

Chilled air above the deep frigid waters of Monterey Bay moves inland each afternoon through the mouth of the river to begin an overnight cooling that persists until morning. Vines as well as grape growers relish the long, mild growing seasons and cool overnight temperatures. The entrance to Escolle Vineyard lies at 200 feet of elevation, but the property climbs another 300 feet into the highlands. Overlooking the town of Gonzales, it was planted in 2008 using 11 pinot clones on five different rootstocks.

Production
Fruit was picked from the gently sloping upper bench where the union of climate, soils and Pommard clone produces small crops that translate to complex wines.

Metrics

Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Aging
11 mos in French oak barrels (Boutes cooper, 33% new)
Alcohol %
14.3
TA | pH
4.8 g/L | 3.96
Winemaker
Daniel Moore
Production
16 barrels, 395 cases

TASTING ROOM
8085 Perry Creek Road
Somerset, CA 95684
p 530.620.6200
Open Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

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