La Estancia vineyard sits in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing slopes of the Santa Lucia range above the town of Gonzalez. Rich river loam soils and large diurnal temperature shifts lend weight and intensity to the wines grown there. This is the first and possibly only time that our Integrato Pinot Noir will be produced from this appellation, making this iteration of Integrato unique and collectible.
My curiosity led me to create this wine. I wanted to see how the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation translated to my more restrained style of winemaking. The result is a leaner, crisper representation of an appellation that is known more for powerhouse Pinot Noir. There are some nice red cherry and hibiscus notes here, with underpinnings of tomato leaf and herbs de provence that lend complexity. A small amount of Santa Cruz Mountains fruit was blended in to lend vibrance and clarity. All in all, a very fun project and a wine that shows well with a wide range of savory foods.
- Hand harvested at 23º - 24.3º brix.
- Mix of Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 with Swan and Pommard added from Dalardi and Split Rail.
- 90% destemmed, 10% saignée.
- Aged 10 months in French oak, 15% new.
- Coopers: TN Coopers, Cavin, Leroi, Rousseau, Ermitage.
- Yeast: Native, AMH, BRG. pH 3.60. TA 6.8g/L.
- Alcohol 13.2%.
- 16 barrels produced.
Prior to destemming, 10% of the fruit’s weight was measured and included whole cluster at the bottoms of the 1.5 ton fermentors. The wine then saw a 3 day cold soak, and was then moved to ambient temp to warm up and begin a native fermentation. After 5º brix drop, several fermentors were pitched with selected Burgundy yeasts, while 1/3 were allowed to complete fermentation on the native yeast. Hand punchdowns occurred 2x daily for 8 days during the primary fermentation, which was kept below 80º at all times. The wine was pressed to tank at 2º brix, settled for a day, and then barreled down to complete a mostly native malolactic fermentation in-barrel. Racked once in May and then bottled unfined and unfiltered in August of 2020.
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