2020 Folktale Central Coast Reserve Pinot Noir
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The harvest date of Pinot Noir at Escolle Vineyard in 2020 was our earliest yet; partially due to the dry conditions 2020 brought, making the grapes mature a week or so earlier than normal. The other factor was the lightning-induced River Fire, which broke out on Aug 16 and quickly spread across the Santa Lucia Highlands within days. This unprecedented fire caused major concerns about what the smoke might do to the flavors of the wines both the wineries and vineyard owners were all working so hard all year to create. Even simple things like sampling grapes became a challenge with access to vineyards. Stress abounded and we needed to act fast if we wanted to make wines. All that taken into consideration, we made the decision to pull the Pinot Noir early. We also made the hard decision to not pick grapes from Tondre Grapefield, a vineyard that has been part of our winemaking portfolio for years, solely due to smoky flavors. To make up for the lack of fruit, we purchased additional fruit from the Eden Rift Vineyard in the Cienega Valley, over a ridge from the smoky Salinas Valley. This decision allowed us to produce our Reserve Pinot Noir in a similar style as our SLH Pinot Noir might be in most years. Our blend is composed of individual natively fermented small batch lots of Pinot Noir from 5 individual blocks. The blend was put together in April 2021 and bottled in December 2021.