Our 1772 wines, with rare exception each handcrafted from the Edna Ranch vineyard, embody the essence of Edna Valley. This is our signature series of limited production, barrel-selected wines offered directly to discerning wine enthusiasts. Named for the year the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded, these wines celebrate the cool climate terroir and long winemaking heritage of Edna Valley.
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The steady, mild weather was perfect. We never had to rush any picking decisions due to how good it was. The 1772 Pinot Noir is our signature Pinot and captures what Edna Valley is on any given vintage. The elegance and freshness of the cooler 2019 year will show more earthy tones.
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine earlier than others to achieve a style of wine that reflects that Pacific wind that sweeps daily through the Edna Valley. The goal is to produce a wine that is graceful yet expansive on the palate. We apply a cool fermentation and gentle extraction rate to preserve the red fruit notes and showcase the acidity.
The 2019 vintage was a classic expression of a cool climate Pinot Noir. Stone Lion is a Pinot that is on the bolder side of all the Pinot Noirs we make from Edna Ranch. It will have a little more weight, a little more structure than our other offerings. But thanks to the cool growing area it comes from, it will still have some acidity and freshness to balance it all. There is also a little bit more oak impact as well, as we put new barrels in this program.
The 2019 vintage had a late harvest, but it unfolded nicely. The steady, moderate weather created almost perfect growing conditions allowing us to make calculated picking decisions. Usually, we see a wider range of picking dates at the various vineyard sites; however, in 2019, all the blocks were picked within two weeks of each other. The 1772 Cuvée is a blend of extraordinary Pinot Noir lots from appellations across California. This wine represents a precise collaboration that showcases and preserves the unique character of each region.
Following a relatively wet winter, the 2019 vintage featured cool, dry weather and a mild summer with less high peak temperatures than 2018 which allowed grapes to ripen slowly. 2019 encapsulates the classic long growing season conditions that the Edna Valley is known for, with grapes being picked in ideal condition the last week of October.
With a late bud break and a dry, mild summer, the 2020 growing season looked a lot like 2019 and on par as a cooler vintage. Grenache has always been one of our late-ripening varieties; fortunately, flavors developed faster than in 2019, which allowed us to pick earlier and capitalize on the excellent sugar and acid balance in the grapes.
With a late bud break and a dry, mild summer, the 2020 growing season looked a lot like 2019 and on par as a cooler vintage. Fortunately, flavors developed faster than in 2019, which allowed us to start picking in late August and through September to capitalize on the excellent sugar and acid balance in the grapes.
This wine is a delicious, full-bodied wine with opulent aromatics and a vibrant acidity that helps to cut through the creaminess. Due to the longer time spent on the vine, the grapes develop a richer, riper fruit profile and softer tannins. With the extended time on the vine and in the barrel, 15 months, combined with complete malolactic fermentation, this Chardonnay's unique style is evident.