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2014 SLH Pinot Noir

2014 SLH Pinot Noir
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
September 2013
Acid
0.55 g/110ml
pH
3.80
Aging
8 months
Fermentation
French Oak Barrel
Bottling Date
July 2014
Alcohol %
14.3
SOLD OUT. Our 2015 vintage will be released in Fall 2017.
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SOLD OUT. Our 2015 vintage will be released in Fall 2017.

Vineyard

While it is never easy to account for Mother Nature’s unpredictability, our 2014 SLH Pinot Noir owes much of its success to superior terroir and diligent, sustainable farming practices. It combines Swan clone from the Escolle Road Vineyard and two of our favorite clones from our McIntyre Estate Vineyard: 115 and ‘Old Vine.” The ‘Old Vine” block is now 42 years old, making it the oldest plantings of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It is own rooted – a rarity in Californian ‑ and grown on a Lyre trellis system. The remainder of the fruit is trellised on a VSP. The crop was thinned to a maximum of 3 tons per acre or 1.5 lbs. of fruit per foot of cordon. Row orientation is primarily north/south in both vineyards which provides even sun exposure from morning and afternoon.

Winemaking

At McIntyre our winemaking style is minimalistic. We endeavor to let the beautiful fruit shine through with limited intervention. All of our grapes are sustainably-farmed and hand-harvested and sorted in the early morning hours. Primary and malolactic fermentations were carried out with wild, indigenous yeast and malolactic bacteria that naturally thrive in the vineyard.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
September 2013
Acid
0.55 g/110ml
pH
3.80
Aging
8 months
Fermentation
French Oak Barrel
Bottling Date
July 2014
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pure, fresh and imminently drinkable, this fruit-forward Pinot Noir delivers intense aromatics highlighted by raspberry and juicy cherry. The palate is rich and textured with layers of briary fruit accented by pepper and spice. The sleek, soft tannins and balanced acids make this the perfect candidate for a wide variety of foods.
Production Notes
966 cases produced
Product Reviews
Mike Prandini's Gravatar
Mike Prandini
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(Apr 27, 2016 at 1:40 PM)
One of my favorite Pinots

Mark Hofer's Gravatar
Mark Hofer
1 1 1 1 1
(May 7, 2016 at 8:40 AM)
Excellent wine.

D. Wheeler's Gravatar
D. Wheeler
1 1 1 1 1
(Jul 27, 2016 at 10:16 AM)
Wonderful pinot noir with a fantastic taste profile and a gorgeous, vibrant, ruby coloration. It pairs well with food or - conversely - is easily enjoyable on its own.

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