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About the 2021 and 2020 Vintages

The growing season commenced with bud break in mid-March after a cold, dry winter. Very windy conditions during flowering led to below-average fruit set. Classically cool Central Coast temperatures continued throughout the growing season, punctuated by brief heat waves that moved ripening along. The SLS harvest began in mid-September with sparkling base from Pelio and concluded abruptly in late October with Tondré syrah, preceding a rain event that delivered a couple inches to some sites. The ‘21 wines are characterized by low alcohol, bright acidity, and structure making for cellar-worthy wine. This is certainly one of the best SLS vintages yet!

Vintage 2020 commenced with bud break in mid to late March, after a winter of normal temperatures and rainfall around 30% below average. Most of this rainfall was concentrated in December (promoting healthy root growth), as well as March and April (promoting vigorous early shoot growth). Temperatures through the mid season were average to above average, leading to heat waves in August, September, and October. The biggest challenge was circumventing the looming threat of wildfires, sparked by the first heatwave and lightning showers mid August. While the SLS vintage was quite small due to these issues, the resulting wines are similar in character to those of 2017- the whites lean and pure with medium acid, the reds ripe yet classy.


Samuel Louis Smith 2020 Spear Vineyard Chardonnay

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Samuel Louis Smith 2020 Les Granitiers Chardonnay

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released September ’22 to members

Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Pinot Noir label

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released autumn ’22 / winter ’23

Samuel Louis Smith 2020 Spear Vineyard Pinot Noir

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released September ’22 to members 

Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Syrah label

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released autumn ’22 / winter ’23


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sold out

Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Gamay Noir label

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released September ’22 to members


PAST RELEASES

2019 CHARDONNAY /  Spear Vineyard / STA  RITA HILLS 94 WE
2019 CHARDONNAY / of Redwood Royalty /  SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 92 WE
2019 PINOT NOIR /  Montañita de Oro / MONTEREY COUNTY 92 WE
2019 PINOT NOIR Noir / Carmelita / MONTEREY COUNTY 95 WE
2019 SYRAH / Sandstone Terrace / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 93 WE
2019 SYRAH / Serine Sauvage / GABILAN MOUNTAINS 96 WE
 
2018 CHARDONNAY / Spear Vineyard /STA. RITA HILLS 94 WE, 92 VN
2018 PINOT NOIR / Montañita de Oro / MONTEREY COUNTY 95 WE, 93 VN
2018 SYRAH / Sandstone Terrace / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 94 WE, 94 VN
 
2017 CHARDONNAY / Spear Vineyard / STA. RITA HILLS 94 WE, 92 VN
2017 PINOT NOIR / Albatross Ridge Vineyard / MONTEREY COUNTY 93 WE, 93 VN
2017 SYRAH / Sandstone Terrace / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS  94 WE, 92 VN
 
2016 PINOT NOIR / Albatross Ridge Vineyard / MONTEREY COUNTY  93 WE
2016 SYRAH / Sandstone Terrace / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 94 WE
 
2014 PINOT NOIR / Radian Vineyard / STA. RITA HILLS 93 WE
2014 SYRAH / Lafond Vineyard / STA. RITA HILLS  91 WE
 
 
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