2016 Campo di Rossa
A very complex nose with many layers derived from each varietal. The Aroma is dominated by dark raspberry, sweet blackberry, and ripe fig coming mainly from the Grenache, Carignane, and Counoise. The Syrah adds some spicy black peppercorn character as well as structure and a silky mouthfeel. The Petite Sirah helps tie the blend together and adds depth, complexity, and boysenberry on the finish.
Our Campo di Rossa red blend is composed of five different Rhone varietals grown at distinctly different vineyard sites in Mendocino County. Due to the climate of the Inner Mendocino, these vineyards are well suited to grown world-class Rhone varietals. Each varietal was picked, fermented, and aged separately. Keeping them separate allows for the flavors and aromas to develop independently. The final blend is determined and assembled just prior to bottling.
Harvest date: August 28-September 12, 2016
Aging Aged for 16 months in Neutral French Oak
Composition: 31% Grenache, 29% Counoise, 17% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignane, 11% Syrah
Fermentation: Each lot was 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 barrels where it underwent native malo-lactic fermentation.