100% 2010 vintage
96% Lodi appellation
96% Bella Vigna Vineyard
4% Sierra Foothill Charbono
After several days of cold maceration we bled ~5% of the juice to make our Rosato, then inoculated the must with a fruit enhancing yeast strain.
Immediately following fermentation and pressing, the wine was filled to barrels, so a malo-lactic conversion would transpire in cooperage.
It was aged for about six months in a combination of 16% new Hungarian oak, 8% once used Hungarian oak, with the balance in relatively neutral French oak barrels.
Bottled in June 2011; 13.7% alcohol, pH 3.69 & TA 5.9 g/l
Fruity, soft and supple; possessing aromas and flavors of black cherry and boysenberry, along with hints of anise and vanilla; it is nuanced and possesses an elegant, dry finish.