Front label for Samuel Louis Smith 2022 Escolle Vineyard Gamay Noir

2022 GAMAY NOIR
Escolle Vineyard
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

$37
 

Terroir
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. With its 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.

Tasting
Dark red. Rose petal, cracked pepper, savory herbs, and raspberry candy are followed by hints of cured meat, salted plum, and damp earth. Medium light body with bright acid and lithe tannins.

Tech
Alcohol 12.7%
pH 3.51
75% whole-cluster + 25% carbonic maceration
Native fermentation started by a pied de cuve from the vineyard after seven day carbonic
7 months élévage in 100% neutral French oak barrels 
Five and a half barrels • 135 cases produced 
Unfined & unfiltered

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