2018 Pinot Noir, Central Coast

The 2018 Central Coast Pinot Noir is largeley a blend of Mission Ranch (Arroyo seco) and Cedar Lane (arroyo seco) with a bit of the Brosseau Vineyard (Chalone) and the Tom Ritchie Vineyard (Sonoma Coast). As always, the wine is largely Pommard Clone, but also 2A, and some Dijon 115 and 777 for fruit and jamminess. The wine was aged in 2-6 year old French oak barrels for 9 months. The various lots were harvested in the 22 Brix range, and fermented whole berry. The primary fermentation was uninoculated and the Malolactic Fermentation was spontaneous. We did not rack keeping the wine on the lees with occasional batonage until bottling to round out the mouthfeel.

Tasting Notes

The Folk Machine Pinot Noir is always fairly light weight and light in color with relaxed tannins and medium acid. 2018 is consistent with the past few vintages and with what we expect from this wine. It is a very lively and an easy wine to serve with most foods. Keep expecting a fun Pinot that is elegant, pretty, and drinkable. Though light in color due to no attempt to extract or over manipulate, the wine does not lack for flavor or body, but rather shows the silky more subtle side of the variety. Drink often, pair with anything (seriously.) KL

 


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