2022 Reserve Nero d'Avola 750ml
Available for purchase starting 8/9/23.
Full Winemaker Notes Coming Soon.
Block 15 Terrace: It started as Merlot , we replanted to Malbec and then the 2019 fire consumed the young vines. Inspiration struck and we planted Nero D Avola ,the Sicilian superstar.
Vintage 2022 Perfect until the Labor Day heat wave. Then is spite of its tender age the Nero stood fast in the heat. Yes- it got ripe, but stayed plump and retained its acidity. We picked it on September 12th at 28.5 Brix.
Winemaking: Easy does it. Eschewing S02, we pitched with non- sach yeast. Then fermented at a moderate fermentation temperature using our gentle, juice only pumpover technique to retain suppleness
Technical: Ninety nine percent Nero, one percent Malbec, we are aging on lees in 77% neutral French oak, 12% terracotta amphora and 11% new fine grain French oak. Bottling is scheduled for summer 2023. We will produce 210 cases.
Tasting Notes: Our Nero has aromas and flavors of Bing Cherry , raspberry kefir, Bergamot, cocoa, clove, fresh cedar leaf and Macha . it These flavors linger deliciously , framed in silk and spice .( Tasted 7-31-23)
Variety: 98% Nero d'Avola, 2% Malbec
100% Alexander Valley
8 months 12.5% New Colbert.
11 days skin contact
199 cases bottled on 6/28/23