Samuel Louis Smith 2021 Gamay Noir label

Escolle Vineyard


Escolle is located in the northern section of the Santa Lucia Highlands, an 18 mile-long northeast facing bench in the windswept Salinas Valley. The mountainside appellation divides the Santa Lucia mountain range to the west from the Salinas Valley floor to the east. Incredibly cool climate thanks to nearby Monterey Bay, the pairing of granitic loam and new graftings of gamay noir at Escolle is an SLH renaissance.

Dark red/purple. Brambleberries, wild herbs, rose hips, and effusive florality on the nose are followed by red fruits and savory spices on the palate. Light in body with bright acidity and weightless tannins.  

Technical Details

Alcohol 12.3%
pH 3.50
TA 6.8
7 days carbonic + 7 days traditional whole cluster 
Native primary and secondary fermentations 
8 months élévage in 100% neutral French oak barrels 
Four barrels • 94 cases produced 
Unfined & unfiltered

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