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Winery Overview: Presqu’ile (press-KEEL) Winery is located in the Santa Maria Valley on California’s Central Coast. “Presqu’ile,” Creole for “almost an island,” is a tribute to our family’s original gathering place on the Gulf Coast, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. For over a century, members of our family have partnered in farming, forestry, oil and gas, and conservation. Our property includes 72 acres of certified sustainably farmed vineyards where we craft Santa Maria Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, and Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc.
2014 Rose of Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley (12pk) – Vinification – Comprised of 100 percent Pinot Noir from Presqu’ile Vineyard harvested specifically for our Rosé, we use the skin-contact method to craft this wine. Within a couple of hours, the juice is separated from the skins. Our Rosé is fermented by native yeasts and aged for six months in stainless steel. Aging: 6 months in stainless steel Tasting Notes – The nose yields an array of fruity aromas including strawberry, cherry, red apple and guava. The fruit-forward palate bursts with red apple, candied strawberry and cherry. Balanced acidity and a lengthy finish round out this complex, versatile wine, perfect for a hot summer afternoon or with friends and family around your Thanksgiving table.
2013 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley (6pk) – Vinification – Our 2013 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay displays the layered complexity and balance we have come to expect from the deep, sandy soil at our sustainably farmed Santa Maria Valley Vineyard. Native-yeast fermentation, native-malolactic conversion, sur lie aging and light lees stirring enhance complexity and lend a beautiful weight on the palate. Clone Composition: 131 (28%), 124 (24%), 76 (23%), 4 (18%), 96 (7%). Aging: 12 months in neutral oak (70%), new oak (15%), stainless steel (10%) and concrete egg (5%); rack the blend into stainless steel and age for 6 months. Tasting Notes – This pale golden wine carries aromas of peach, pear, lychee, wet stone and a hint of fresh-baked brioche. On the palate, this medium-bodied Chardonnay offers flavors of peach and pear as well as pineapple, granny smith apple, minerality and a hint of salinity. The lengthy finish lingers delightfully on the palate.
2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley (6pk) Vinification – 66% whole cluster. Barrel Aging: 17 months in French oak (28% new). Filtration: Unfiltered. Fining: Unfined. Tasting Notes – The nose of this deep ruby-red wine offers a mix of black cherry, pomegranate, cassis, black tea, five-spice and a hint of underbrush. Framed by a small amount of new oak, the palate confirms a mixture of black and red fruit, cola, anise, black tea and a hint of mulling spice. Fine tannic structure, balanced acidity and a lingering finish round out the experience.
2012 Pinot Noir Steiner Creek Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley (6pk) – Vinification – Barrel Aging: 17 months in French oak (15% new). Tasting Notes – Forest floor, pipe tobacco, fresh mushroom, red cherry, cassis, a hint of baking spice and sandalwood are dominant on the nose of this deep-garnet-colored wine. On the palate, silky fine tannins and excellent structure frame flavors of ripe red cherry, raspberry and pomegranate followed by bright, balanced acidity and a lengthy finish.