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Hollyhock Lodge 2017 Gamay Noir "03", Santa Barbara County

Hollyhock Lodge 2017 Gamay Noir "03", Santa Barbara County

Vintage: 2017
Varietal: 100% Gamay Noir
Vineyards: 50% Martian Ranch in Los Alamos (biodynamically farmed) and 50% Portico Hills Vineyard in Los Alamos (Certified Sustainable)
Appellation: 100% Santa Barbara County
Cooperage/Elevage: 8 Months in neutral French oak and 6 months in bottle before release
pH: 3.35
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 240 cases
 

Winemaking practices: I practice minimal intervention winemaking with all of the wines I make. I never use sulfur at crush or press and only sulfur minimally once malolactic fermentation has finished and if necessary, a small amount pre bottling.  I do 50% whole cluster fermentation like many people do in pinot noir.  I do not use the carbonic style because this wine is a "cru" style of gamay opposed to the nouveau style. This is a wine that is meant to taste good now but also has very high acidity and good structure and can be laid down.