2021 Folk Machine Pinot Noir, Central Coast
The 2021 Central Coast pinot noir is a blend of mission ranch (arroyo seco) and cedar lane (arroyo seco). as always, the wine is primarily 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 burgundy barrels. the various lots were harvested in the 22 brix range, and fermented whole berry. the primary fer- mentation 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.
The 2021 Folk Machine Pinot Noir was very gently extracted during fermentation and pressed early to further minimize extraction leading to a quite pretty and standout vintage in my opinion. the wine is elegant and lean per normal, but quintessentially California pinot noir with ethereal fruit and spice I say the same thing every year, but always a go-to choice to serve with almost any food, fun to drink, and not budget busting. KL