Presqu'ile Vineyard, located on the southwestern end of the Santa Maria Valley AVA, is a very cold and coastal site with a strong influence from the ocean. Cold fog and wind infiltrate this vineyard and help to lengthen the growing season, allowing the fruit more time on the vine to develop complexity of flavor. The vineyard is farmed organically.
This Gamay underwent a native fermentation with 100% whole clusters included. After 11 days on the skins and stems, the wine was racked to neutral oak barrels and completed a native malolactic fermentation. After 7 months in neutral oak, the wine was bottled with minimal sulfur and without fining or filtration.
This Gamay is all earth, herbs, and red fruit. The cool climate of Santa Maria combined with 100% whole cluster fermentation encourages the fresh herbal quality of green and black tea, pink and white peppercorns, and baking spice. Below the spice and earth, you'll find bright red cherry and pomegranate, with a core of acidity and well-balanced tannins holding it all together.