Sweet Berry Wine, 2020, California
Grapes: Carignan, Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Gary Venturi’s vineyard, Ricetti Vineyard, Testa Vineyard, Hillside
Region: Mendocino, California, USA
Soil: Sandy loam
Harvest: By hand, organic
Winemaking: Part open-top fermentation, part carbonic fermentation in 3 batches. Fermented in stainless steel, with native primary and malolactic fermentation.
Elevage: Mostly neutral oak, with limited use of new oak puncheons
Winemaker: Joel Burt, Eric Wareheim
The 2019 release of our flagship wine in one word? Finesse.
It was a wet spring followed by a warm, dry growing season with few extreme heat events. This resulted in a refined wine that is powerful but quite suave; it is tasting great upon release! The wine has rich aromas of dark cherry, plum and blackberry as well as hints of cocoa nibs, allspice, and damp earth. Take a sip and you’ll find blue fruit, deep cherry, caraway, and saline earth with supple tannins and a long, savory finish.