2018 Carignane, Evangelho Vineyard
One of our favorite vineyards in California, these old, gnarled vines are planted on their own roots, in an unlikely spot in Antioch, California. Planted in 1890 and growing in deep sandy soil—essentially a vineyard on sand dunes—in the Sacramento River Delta, these are some of the most beautiful, old Carignane vines in the world.
Since the vineyard is dry-farmed and the soil is essentially pure sand, the roots extend down more than 40 feet to the water table below in some areas. The grapes consistently produce a jet-black/purple wine that shows off how complex a wine this varietal can be.
This is always the earliest vineyard we harvest each year, and 2018 year was no exception: we harvested in early August.
We hand-sorted the grapes on a conveyor belt on the way to the destemmer to eliminate any imperfect fruit. The crushed grapes were then fermented using only the natural yeast population on the surface of the grapes (rather than commercial dried yeasts) to conduct the fermentation.
At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped into traditional 60-gallon oak barrels. The wine was aged for 8 months in one-year old 500 Liter French oak puncheons as well as older neutral French oak barrels to maintain the vibrancy of the fruit.
Production: 76 cases
|Aromas:||Earthy, spicy, black current, blackberry, hints of pomegranate, minerals, black pepper|
|Taste:||Vibrant complex mix of black current, black cherry, hints of pomegranate and cranberry, as well as floral notes of rose and violets. A substantial wine with round tannins and a velvety mouthfeel, balanced by vibrant crisp acidity. Long, sweet finish of black current and black cherry fruit and spice.|