The Fableist is a collaboration between winemakers Curt Schalchlin and Andrew Jones. Curt, owner and vintner of the heralded winery Sans Liege, is known for his critically acclaimed Rhone varietal wines. Andrew, winemaker of Field Recordings, spends his days planning and planting vineyards and has stood foot in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast. Together, they produce The Fableist, a collaboration that gives special attention to the craft and story behind each wine.
"Our 2020 Tempranillo is sourced from 3 vineyards: we have some estate fruit this year from our Pomar Junction Vineyard which is really cool. Most of this fruit goes into our Fableist reserve wines so it's nice to be able to showcase this site in our classic lineup. The fruit from this vineyard is incredibly luscious but maintains more tannin structure, so it provides a nice backbone for the wine. The Hearthstone Vineyard is located in West Side Paso in the Adelaida District. Our first vintage using this site, the site showcases heavy stone soils. Lastly, the Evenson Vineyard is located in See Canyon which is part of the new SLO Coastal AVA. As you don't see Tempranillo in very many temperate climates, having extended hang time in Tempranillo is such a luxury, but this vineyard site allows us to do just that. This is helpful in the wine because it helps us maintain some acidity which can be naturally lacking in Tempranillo.
This vintage is loaded with red and blue fruits, baking spices, black currant and dark chocolate with a slight dried green character to it. With a velvety mouthfeel with a lingering finish that is warm and fulfilling." -- Winery