2018 Jamie Slone Wines Pinot Noir – La Encantada Vineyard
Winemaking and Production
Clones 667 and Pommard 4. Long cool open fermentations result in low extraction and fine tannins while preserving fruit. Fermentation in open top fermenter, punched down 2 times a day by hand, 28 day extended maceration with free run and pressed to barrel. Only 48 cases produced
Aged 18 months in neutral French oak, Francois Freres and Sirugue barrels.
Rich and red so swirl, sip and savor. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, herbs and black pepper. Complexity abounds with low to medium tannins and good acidity that leads to a long persistent finish.
Planted by legendary Santa Rita Hills pioneer Richard Sanford, La Encantada sits at the far western edge of the appellation. The blocks are located in thin, nitrogen-deficient calcareous and siliceous soils of fine sandy loam on gentle north facing slopes a few hundred feet above the Santa Ynez River. Fog and ocean breezes traveling daily up the river valley provide a long, slow ripening season, and La Encantada is almost always at late Pinot Noir pick. These grapes give signature, concentrated, black cherry, baking spices a solid tannic structure.