There is a sweet, floral aroma along with hints of maraschino cherry and ripe raspberry. Flavors of honeysuckle and bright red fruit are also in abundance on the palate. This wine has a light to medium body, with a higher natural acidity that accentuates the bright fruit.
Carignane is a red grape that originated in Carinena, Northern Spain before making its way up to Southern France and the rest of the world. Our old-vine Carignane comes from Trimble Vineyard, a family-owned, five-acre organic certified vineyard located 2 miles North of Hopland, planted primarily in 1942. The warm days and cool nights of inland Mendocino County are ideal for growing Carignane.
Harvest date: September 20, 2015
Aging: Aged for 16 months in neutral French oak
Appellation: Mendocino County
Elevation: 720 ft
Fermentation: De-stemmed and crushed to a stainless steel tank and cold soaked for 5 days at 50F to extract color and desirable phenolic compounds. Fermented to dryness at 85F. Only free-run fraction transferred to barrel where it underwent native malo-lactic fermentation.