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NV Folktale Brut

Monterey County

Folktale sparkling wine begins in the vineyard, early. Grapes for sparkling wine have to be picked at a lower sugar level than for our still wines, so we tend to harvest 3 weeks before we begin picking fruit for our still wines. For our first sparkling wine, we envisioned a wine that was bright, fun to drink, and food friendly.

We put the blend together in a stainless steel tank and add bubbles through the crémant method. This allows us to control the level of effervescence and achieve the desired texture of the wine. We targeted a softer, less aggressive style that was more like the texture of a prosseco or frizzante wine – perfect for a sunny day in Carmel Valley.

Light and refreshing, we made our Brut to enjoy on its own or paired with- well, just about anything. This sparkling wine opens with notes of green apple, banana, and tropical kiwi, developing into flavors of peach and tart strawberry on the palate. Enjoy chilled and often.

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NV Folktale Rosé Brut

California

– 91 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition 2018

Folktale sparkling wine begins in the vineyard, early. Grapes for sparkling wine have to be picked at a lower sugar level than for our still wines, so we tend to harvest 3 weeks before we begin picking fruit for our still wines. For our first sparkling wine, we envisioned a wine that was bright, fun to drink, and food friendly.

We put the blend together in a stainless steel tank and add bubbles through the crémant method. This allows us to control the level of effervescence and achieve the desired texture of the wine. We targeted a softer, less aggressive style that was more like the texture of a prosseco or frizzante wine – perfect for a sunny day in Carmel Valley.

Yes way, Rosé. Our Non-Vintage Sparkling Rosé was made using the Charmat method and the best of Monterey County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The rising bubbles bring forth mouth-watering notes of strawberry, kiwi, watermelon, followed by rich flavors or red grapefruit and tangerine. There’s a delicate yeasty quality, balanced by the sweet fruit flavors and bright, clean acidity. Perfect for a day at the beach, enjoy chilled and often.

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2017 Le Mistral Vigonier

Monterey County

This Viognier is a perfect warm weather wine, with light and bright notes of orange blossom, Meyer lemon, and apricot, followed by softer hints of white pear and kiwi. A bright acidity and crisp, dry texture carry the aromatics beautifully, creating a lush and vibrant bouquet. This well balanced wine is round and refreshing, and will bring your next picnic to life.

Grapes were carefully hand harvested on 9/2 from Cedar Lane Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. The fruit was lightly pressed and juice settled in tank at 55F for 24 hours before being inoculated with Rhone 4600 yeast. Next, one half of the juice was put into neutral French Oak barrels for fermentation and the other half remained in stainless steel. Fermentation lasted 15 days, and the wine continued to age in the tanks and barrels for another 3 months, partially undergoing malolactic fermentation.

The wine was combined just before bottling on 1/11/18. 576 cases produced. ABV 13.73 / pH 3.37 / TA 7.3 g/L

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2017 Le Mistral Grenache Blanc

Monterey County

We’re excited to present our first vintage of Grenache Blanc from our vineyards in Arroyo Seco, and boy do we love it. This beautifully fragrant wine presents luscious notes of roses, Bartlet pear, and orange blossom. Though the aromas are quite sweet, the palate is dry and crisp with layers of honeydew melon, rich Arroyo Seco minerality, and a hint of English cucumber. As our Wine Educators say, “I just want to take a bath in this.”

Harvested on 10/4 from Mission Ranch Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. This was the first crop from this vineyard after being replanted, same as our Pet-Nat. The grapes were lightly pressed and the juice was sent to tank to be chilled at 50F for 48 hours. Afterwards, it was clean racked to new tank for fermentation using BA11 yeast. The fermentation was cold and slow to preserve aromatics, lasting 40 days. Once dry, the wine was racked to a clean tank until bottling on 1/11/18. 246 cases produced.

ABV 14.23 / pH 3.32 / TA 5.7g/L

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2016 Folktale Estate Chardonnay

Arroyo Seco

Monterey County has a way of bringing out the best in Chardonnay, consistently providing us with elegant and complex fruit, thanks to the unique terroir of the region. Like past vintages, tropical notes take the stage with notes of mango, banana, and dried apricot, along with hints of kiwi, rich minerality, and the warmth of buttered brioche toast. Enjoy chilled with your favorite seafood dishes.

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2016 Folktale SLH Chardonnay

Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands consistently produces top quality Chardonnay, and this vintage is no exception. The unique climate and mineral composition of the soil there draws out beautiful floral notes and rich minerality. On the nose, this Chardonnay is bright and floral with orange blossom, apricot, and a hint of butterscotch. The classic SLH minerality is there, carrying onto the palate where it is joined by pineapple, Meyer lemon, vanilla, and toasted brioche. These rich flavors are balanced beautifully with bright acidity, creating a memorable finish.

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2016 Folktale Coast View Chardonnay

Monterey County

Coast View sits high in the Gabilan Mountains, near Pinnacles National Park. The elevation and marine influences such as fog and wind allow these grapes to ripen slowly and fully, developing complex characters. The 2016 vintage features bright notes of tropical fruit, light toast, and green apple. The “butter” is there, indicating the wine’s aging in French Oak barrels- but it is subtle and elegant. With a lovely apricot finish, this is a wine to enjoy on its own, or paired with your favorite seafood or dessert.

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2016 Folktale Reserve Chardonnay

Monterey County

–  90 Points, Wine Enthusiast 2018

Blended from two key AVAs, this Chardonnay embodies what we believe is the best of Central Coast. The striking Coast View Vineyard sits at 2400’ elevation in the Gabilan Mountains in Monterey County, with a gorgeous view of the Monterey Bay. Vines here stay cool throughout the summer, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly to fully develop their fruit forward flavor and clean, natural acidity. We also harvested grapes from the Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, famous for the rich minerality of the terroir there. Together, they create a true taste of the region’s best Chardonnay.

The Folktale Reserve Chardonnay opens delicately with elegant notes of apricot, banana, kiwi, green apple, vanilla, and toast. It’s fruit forward, yet balanced beautifully with the SLH minerality and a bright, zippy acidity. We made only four barrels of this marvelous wine – enjoy.

The Coast View Vineyard fruit was hand harvested 9/2/16 at dawn. The Escolle Vineyard was hand harvested at 3am on 9/15/16. Once at Folktale, both Chardonnays were lightly pressed and sent to tank to settle for 48 hours before being transferred to barrel to ferment. The wine was racked to tank 6/30, blended, then chilled to 28F. Once cold stable, the Chardonnay was filtered and bottled 7/31/17.

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2017 Folktale Estate Rosé

Monterey County

Picture this: it’s a perfect, sunny spring day, with big fluffy clouds in the sky, a breezy 70 degrees. You’re sitting in the shade in a blooming garden enjoying some time with friends. That’s what our days are like here at Folktale, and we made this wine was made to pair with them. The Sangiovese fruit was grown on site at our winery and harvested with love by those who walk through the vines every day – our cellar staff, our tasting room staff, and even our management. Bright and crisp with tart cherry and red grapefruit, rounded out with hints of leather and soft vanilla, this wine is begging for a caprese salad and sunshine. Picnic perfect, enjoy chilled with good friends.

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2015 Folktale Estate Pinot Noir

Monterey County

– 95 Points, California State Fair Wine Competition

This vintage, we really wanted to make a wine that captures the true fruit expression of Pinot Noir grown in the Monterey County. We harvested fruit from the three ranches near the end of September, hand sorted the fruit three times, and cold soaked the grapes for 48 hours. We allowed 100% spontaneous native fermentation, which really allows the true nature of this fruit to shine. After first fermentation, the batch was pressed and put into neutral French oak barrels where spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place.

This Pinot Noir is the essence of the Arroyo Seco in a bottle. Its rich and complex characters should be given an opportunity to open up by swirling in the glass or decanting. Rich mineral notes begin the bouquet with slate and graphite, soon opening to rich notes of black cherry, cola, and soft earth. Hints of light black pepper, leather, and vanilla balance everything out. On the palate, bright and lively acid is balanced by a nice minerality, leading to a long, rich finish. This wine is exceptional on its own, or paired with your favorite hard rind cheese, mushroom dish, or dark chocolate.

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2017 Folktale Estate Pinot Noir

Arroyo Seco

This Pinot Noir is a crescendo- it begins softly with aromas of blueberry, vanilla, and black cherry before exploding across your palate with gorgeous, earthy flavors of cedar, graphite, and currant. The zippy acidity creates a complex finish that doesn’t linger too long. Enjoy decanted on its own, or paired with your favorite pork and chicken dishes.

Grapes for the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir came from Mission Ranch Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, comprising clones 777, 2A and 459. Grapes were harvested between 9/1 and 9/13 at night to keep the grapes as cold as possible. Once they arrived at the winery, they were quickly weighed before being de-stemmed and sorted twice, leaving just whole berries. From there, the grapes were placed inside a stainless steel fermenting tank and cold soaked for 48 hours to extract color and some aromas. The grapes were inoculated with RC212 yeast and fermented on average for 12 days before the free run wine was sent to a new tank, and the skins were lightly pressed to another. Both were racked to neutral French Oak barrels and aged in barrel for 7 months, undergoing Malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended just before bottling on 4/26. 1,218 cases produced. ABV 14.21 / pH 3.68 / TA 6.34 g/L

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2016 Folktale Chalone Pinot Noir

Monterey County

High in the Gabilan Mountains, directly adjacent to Pinnacles National Park, the Chalone AVA is truly unique. Grapes grown here are subject to both the coastal wind and fog from the Monterey Bay, as well as warm summer temperatures in the hills. This Pinot is spicy with notes of ripe cassis, juicy raspberry, rich minerality, and a subtle hint of cedar. On the palate, this wine is full and rich with fruity ripeness, lively acid, and mouth wateringly soft tannins. This is a Pinot for Cab drinkers; decadent and complex, with a delicious lingering finish.

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2016 Folktale SLH Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands

We’re honestly thrilled to introduce this new vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Once allowed to open, the bouquet is richly aromatic with gorgeous notes of violets, roses, chocolate cherries, blueberry, strawberry, and vanilla. There’s the classic SLH minerality, akin to slate and pencil lead. There’s a hint of cola, and a bite of white pepper. This wine is decadent like red velvet cake, but well balanced with brisk acidity. Enjoy now, or let it rest in your cellar.

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2016 Folktale 777 Clone Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands

This wine is made from the same clone of Pinot Noir (777, aka “Triple Seven”) from two ranches in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Blended together, this wine exhibits the true qualities of a Triple Seven Pinot Noir. Notes of currant, dark plum, blackberry, and warm vanilla open the bouquet, followed by warm leather and the rich minerality typical of the SLH growing region. On the palate, rich, juicy flavors of blackberry and licorice create a round mouthfeel, full bodied and balanced.

Grapes were hand harvested from two different ranches growing the same beautiful 777 clone Pinot Noir. The first, Tondre Vineyard was harvested 9/6 at sunup on a clear morning. The sun cast a beautiful orange glow over the Santa Lucia Highlands due to the recent outbreak of the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur. The second, Escolle Vineyard was harvested 9/8/16 at 2am on another clear morning in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In both cases, the fruit was delivered to Folktale, sorted by hand, then sent to tank to cold soak at 55F for 5 days. The fermentations went off without a hitch, and finished within 8 days. Pressing took place 9/19, separating the free run juice from the press fraction. The wine was sent to barrel 9/20 and 9/21 where it sat until late August, just a week before bottling. The wine was bottled up on 8/1/17.

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2016 Folktale Escolle Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands

This wine captures the terroir of a single vineyard, utilizing two Pinot Noir clones grown adjacent to each other. The result is this luscious wine which opens with floral notes, followed by rich notes of crisp blackberry, leather, vanilla, and classic SLH minerality. On the palate, dark fruit flavors create a juicy mouthfeel, balanced by hints of cedar and a rich, tannic finish. This elegant wine is ready to drink now, or will age beautifully in your cellar.

Grapes were hand harvested 9/8/16 at 2am from Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands on a cold but clear morning. The fruit was delivered to Folktale, sorted by hand, then sent to tank to cold soak at 55F for 5 days. The fermentations went off without a hitch, peaked around 84F and finished within 8 days. Pressing took place 9/19, separating the free run juice from the press fraction. The wine was sent to barrel 9/20 where it sat until late August, just a week before bottling. The wine was bottled up 8/1/17.

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2016 Folktale 2A Clone Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands

This Pinot Noir is an experiment in hyper-localism. We used only one clone of Pinot Noir (the 2A), from one vineyard, and more specifically from just eight rows of vines in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The terroir exhibited in this glass demonstrates the unique micro climates that exist throughout a growing region. This Pinot opens with juicy notes of blackberry, cassis, rose petals, and strawberry-rhubarb pie. While the bouquet is delicate and nuanced, the palate is bold and complex with strong notes of black pepper, licorice, and spice. Elegant, complex, and spicy, this wine should be decanted before enjoying.

Grapes were hand harvested 9/8/16 at 2am from Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands on a cold but clear morning. The fruit was delivered to Folktale, sorted by hand, then sent to tank to cold soak at 55F for 5 days. The fermentation went off without a hitch, peaked at 84F and finished within 8 days. Pressing took place 9/19, separating the free run juice from the press fraction. The wine was sent to barrel 9/20 where it sat until late August, just a week before bottling. The wine was bottled up 8/1/17.

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2016 Le Mistral Grenache

Monterey County

Our new vintage of Grenache is one for Cab lovers. This rich, full bodied wine opens with notes of blackberry, ripe plum, and minerality. A textured palate reveals spicy notes of black pepper, black tea, and tobacco. We’ve been loving this paired with lamb dishes and summer BBQ.

Grapes were hand harvested 10/18/16 from Ventana Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. The fruit arrived at the winery, and 80% was sorted and de-stemmed and the other 20% was lightly sorted, leaving 20% whole clusters in the fermenter. The grapes were

chilled to 55F for 48 hours before being fermented with RP15 yeast. The fermentation lasted 16 days before being lightly pressed and removing the solids. From there, the wine went into 18% new French Oak barrels where it aged for 10 months and bottled on 8/1/17. 294 cases produced.

ABV 14.33 / pH 3.71 / TA 6.12 g/L

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2016 Le Mistral Joseph's Blend

Monterey County

– 94 Points, World Wine Competition 2018

The name, Le Mistral, comes from the name for the winds of the Rhône Valley in France, where blustery afternoons cool vineyards quickly and produce similar flavors in their native varietals like Syrah and Grenache. We are proud to farm the Le Mistral Vineyard in a sustainable way. This combines the best management practices from other farming systems, like organic and biodynamic, to positively impact the bottom line, environment, and society.

Another excellent vintage, this year’s Joseph’s Blend may be our favorite yet. A gorgeous ruby color in the glass, the bouquet opens with notes of dark currant, bay leaf, blackberry, clove, and anise, which evokes a feeling of holiday evenings by a fireplace. The palate is rich with flavors of white pepper, vanilla, toast, and a hint of cured meat. The richness of the palate elevates the tannins on the finish, creating a lasting, memorable experience. This wine is sturdy enough to pair excellently with your favorite barbecue, and elegant enough to enjoy on its own.

 

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2016 Le Mistral Syrah

Monterey County

This new Syrah is exotic and opulent, a complex and well balanced vintage. The fruit forward bouquet begins with boysenberry, lots of vanilla, and sweet tobacco. This richness is balanced beautifully with spicy flavors of white pepper and soy, and a lively acid that dances across the palate. The combination is elegant, and the finish is a mad crescendo into a burst of flavor.

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