This vintage of El Pico is balanced and beautifully extracted with aromas of strawberry jam, cherry and vanilla. There is a hint of cotton candy along with traces of cinnamon throughout the wine. The crisp, clean fruit matches well with silky sweet oak tannins. The oak provides a nice backbone, but does not over power the balanced acidity. This medium bodied Pinot finishes with delightful strawberry notes.
Clone and single block selections
SIP Certified Sustainable
Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, volcanic remnants
Open top fermentation at 78˚F for 12 days
Aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 9 months
The 2020 growing season featured a mild start to summer which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. The region saw much warmer harvest temperatures which helped accelerate ripening and bring the grapes’ natural acidity into beautiful balance.