The 2020 St. Huberts The Stag Central Coast Pinot Noir is bold, rich, and refined. It shows deep, burgundy-colored tones in the glass and has exuberant aromas and flavors of wild berry, sweet red cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and spicy oak. Hints of roasted coffee bean and clove dance alongside the ripe fruit notes. Medium-bodied with silky, firm tannins, finishing with a robust lengthy presence and bright core of acidity.
The fruit was harvested from primary vineyard locations across the Central Coast. The grapes were harvested at night to preserve the freshness, and co-fermented to showcase the unique varietal character. The fruit underwent a gentle destemming and was whole-berry fermented with daily cap management to allow for gentle extraction and color, remaining on the skins for 10-12 days. The wine was aged with predominantly French oak prior to blending and bottling. A rigorous tasting and selection of each component allowed for the final blend to be selected for this beautiful Central Coast Pinot Noir.
The 2020 season in California’s Central Coast is considered another successful vintage, despite factors beyond the typical harvest season. Winter was warm and dry. The rain and cooler weather didn’t arrive until late spring. Summer brought cool mornings and very warm days, allowing for strong bud break and flowering. Optimal temperatures and a lack of rain and wind produced full clusters with a high juice-to-skin ratio. Four unusual heatwaves encouraged robust flavor development, allowing a lush and ripe palate to show through. Although the harvest was interrupted by wildfires across California, fortunately our vineyards did not sustain any damage. Yields were slightly lower than average, but grape quality was very good.
California’s Central Coast contains 40 AVAs, including Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. Each sub-region specializes in different styles and varietals of wine. The area enjoys temperature swings than any other appellation in California. There is great diversity in the region, with distinct microclimates, over 45 different soil types, and a long growing season. The Central Coast is ideal for producing premium wines, in particular Burgundy varietals, like Pinot Noir.
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