Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Pinot Noir label

2021 PINOT NOIR
Pelio Vineyard
MONTEREY COUNTY

$54


Terroir
Pelio Vineyard (36%) is located just west of Laureles Grade in Carmel Valley, in what will soon be the Carmel Coast AVA. At 1,000 ft and six 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. Planted in 2003 and organically farmed.

Tasting
Deep red. Wild cherry, black plum, rose hips, and Christmas spice on the nose are followed by red and black fruits, cola, and sweet and savory spices on the palate. A medium body is framed by bright acidity and fine-grained tannins, adding depth and ageability.

Tech Info
Alcohol 12.8%
pH 3.56
TA 6.7
69% whole cluster fermentation
Native alcoholic and malolactic fermentations 
10 months élévage in 34% new and 66% neutral French oak barrels
Three barrels • 72 cases produced
Unfined & unfiltered

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