"...effusive in its aromatics, with punchy red-fleshed fruit, terrific depth and a touch of new oak, the 2021 has a ton of potential."
92+ points -Antonio Galloni
Grapes were hand harvested with 40% of whole bunches retained. Fermentation took place by native yeast with no addition of SO2. A combination of gentle pumpovers and punchdowns were performed until the fermentation was complete and the must was basket pressed. Malolactic conversion was by native bacteria.
Aged 10 months in neutral French oak puncheon and barriques prior to bottling unfined & unfiltered. Minimal effective SO2 added prior to bottling.
Extreme vineyards lead to wines of distinct character. Flavors of juicy berries and plum skin are balanced by earthier forest notes and a salty finish. All capturing the coastal nature of this site, only 1.5 miles from the ocean. The palate is silky and seamless with crunchy acidity.
2021 was a return to normal on the SLO Coast and has produced one of the best vintages of recent years. After a cool spring we welcomed a classic summer of foggy mornings and warm days. Our vineyards love this combination of weather that allows for slow ripening, leading to concentrated flavors, high natural acidity, and moderate levels of sugar. Harvest proceeded without significant weather events or the heat waves that have become a particular worry for us. Without incremental weather forcing our hand, we were able to closely monitor the vineyards and make picking decisions around flavors. This is a vintage that should produce classic, age-worthy wines