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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:

Edna Valley

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Clone and single block selections

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

943, 667

SOILS:

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

HARVEST DATES:

September 2019

FERMENTATION:

Open top fermentation at 78˚F for 12 days

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

13.2%

TA:

5.69 g/l

PH:

3.54

BOTTLING DATE:

June 2020

CASES PRODUCED:

390

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.

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:

Edna Valley

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Clone and single block selections

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

943, 667

SOILS:

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

HARVEST DATES:

September 2019

FERMENTATION:

Open top fermentation at 78˚F for 12 days

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

13.2%

TA:

5.69 g/l

PH:

3.54

BOTTLING DATE:

June 2020

CASES PRODUCED:

390

Vintage Outlook

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.

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