Front label for Samuel Louis Smith 2022 Pelio Vineyard Pinot Noir

Pelio Vineyard



Pelio is located just west of Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley, in what is now the Carmel Coast AVA. At 1000 ft and seven miles from Monterey Bay, this site is truly on the edge of viticulture. Clay loam is littered with diatomaceous shale, evidence that this area was under the sea until about 12 million years ago. Pelio lends itself to wines exploding with fresh fruit, dusty herbs, and distinct savoriness. Planted in 2003 and organically farmed.

Deep red. Raspberry hard candy, sweet herbs, bramble, and violets are followed by red and black fruits, savory spices, and pine forest. Medium plus body and medium acid are supported by rich and full tannins that are a touch chewy right now.

Alcohol 13.8%
pH 3.85
90% whole cluster fermentation
Native fermentation started by a pied de cuve from the vineyard
10 months élévage in 35% new and 65% neutral French oak barrels
Three barrels • 72 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

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