2019 Folktale The Creator Pinot Noir
Harvested between 9/4 and 9/21, this wine is a blend of three incredible vineyards within Monterey County. 667, 777 and Pommard 5 clones came from Pelio vineyard, which is located on the ridge between Carmel Valley and the Salinas Valley. It sits above the fog layer that blankets both valleys in summer mornings, keeping things cool and produces intense flavor and tiny berries – perfect for Pinot Noir. 943 and 777 clones came from Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands where deep alluvial deposits lend intense minerality and terroir into the wine. Lastly, the classic Calera clone came from Eden Rift Vineyard in the Cienega Valley, which is loaded with limestone-rich calcareous deposits from the San Andreas Fault (running through the vineyard). All these clones were hand harvested and natively fermented in small batches – some of which were fermented whole cluster (53% of the final blend). Once pressed off, the individual lots were aged 6 months in French oak (10% new) before being blended and aged for another 10 months as a cohesive blend. Bottled Feb 2021.
94 Points. 2019 Folktale The Creator Pinot Noir (Monterey County)
“This blend of grapes from across Monterey and even into the Cienega Valley makes for a very complex and satisfying sip.” Matt Kettman, WIne Enthusiast, 2021