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2013 Wild Horse Cheval Sauvage Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
In classic Cheval style, this wine is terroir driven with earthy-spicy aromas and notes of strawberry, rhubarb, and dark cherry that are pleasing to the senses. The palate opens with minerality and earth. The mid-palate is elegantly structured and balanced with flavors of bright red fruit and spice. The finish is long and soft with spicy red fruit and hints of vanilla and smoke. 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Notes
Sourced from two top vineyards in Santa Maria Valley: Garey and Rancho Real. Garey Vineyard is well known for Pinot Noir quality and low yields. Rancho Real is unique for its sandy soils and southwest-facing hills. It is a difficult place to cultivate grapes with lots of wind and steep, sandy slopes, but “difficult” often turns out to mean beautiful, and this fruit is just that.
Production Notes
In September, the Pinot Noir grapes were handpicked and delivered to the winery early in the morning. Upon arrival, the grapes were gently destemmed and placed into small open-top fermenters and allowed to cold soak and extract color for three days. The must was punched down two times per day during primary fermentation. Each lot spent 10 days on skins to maximize extraction, achieve softer tannins, and stabilize color. Only 100% French oak barrels, 40% new, were used for this Pinot Noir. The wine was aged 15 months before preparation for bottling.
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley
5.37 g/L
100% barrel aged, 40% new French oak
Residual Sugar
1.3 g/L
Alcohol %
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