Whole bunch pressed. No SO2 added. Fermented in 100% neutral French oak barrels and puncheon by native yeast. Malolactic conversion by native bacteria.
Aged 10 months on lees prior to bottling unfined & unfiltered. Minimal effective SO2 added prior to bottling.
Crisp and elegant with a brief hint of matchstick reduction upon opening. This wine is filled with lemon and chamomile aromatics that are carried through the finish by bright acidity. Barrel fermentation in neutral oak and native malolactic conversion add creaminess to the core of the wine that finishes clean and fresh.
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.