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2020 Baileyana El Pico Pinot Noir

 / 750ml
Tasting notes
Specs
Vintage outlook

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.

APPELLATION:

SLO Coast

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Green Gate and Spanish Springs – Clone and single block selections

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

115, 4 (Pommard), 943

SOILS:

Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, volcanic remnants

HARVEST DATES:

August 31 – September 28, 2020

FERMENTATION:

Open top fermentation at 78˚F for 13-17 days

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

14.5%

TA:

5.78 g/l

PH:

3.57

BOTTLING DATE:

July 2, 2021

CASES PRODUCED:

239

In 2020, the Edna Valley experienced a mild start to summer, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. The region saw much warmer temperatures which helped accelerate ripening, making this a unique vintage with bolder characteristics.

Tasting Notes

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.

Specs

APPELLATION:

SLO Coast

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Green Gate and Spanish Springs – Clone and single block selections

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

115, 4 (Pommard), 943

SOILS:

Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, volcanic remnants

HARVEST DATES:

August 31 – September 28, 2020

FERMENTATION:

Open top fermentation at 78˚F for 13-17 days

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

14.5%

TA:

5.78 g/l

PH:

3.57

BOTTLING DATE:

July 2, 2021

CASES PRODUCED:

239

Vintage Outlook

In 2020, the Edna Valley experienced a mild start to summer, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. The region saw much warmer temperatures which helped accelerate ripening, making this a unique vintage with bolder characteristics.

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