2017 began with abundant rainfall. Spring was mild, resulting in extended flowering. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear. By early October, when the wine country wildfires started, 90% of 2017 grape tonnage was in and by the end of October, harvest was complete. Vintners rigorously evaluated the grapes and fermenting wines that may have been affected by the fires.
The Sierra Foothills AVA is among one of the largest in the world, encompassing 2.5 million acres of land. The very first vineyards were planted in this region during the California Gold Rush. The Dacus Vineyard lies in a remote sloping hillside area located at 1700 feet above sea level which placing it above the fog line. This region is known for long, warm, sunny summer days balanced by nights that are cooled by breezes flowing from the Sierra mountain range. Soils in the area surrounding the Dacus vineyard are made up of decomposed granite and volcanic rock.
30 percent whole cluster and open top fermentation were used for this wine. Native fermentation was used and the wine spent 18 months aging in neutral oak barrels. Being one of the favorite varietals made in the cellar, winemaker intervention is minimal and the native fermentation is the truest varietal expression from the vineyard.
Your nose will be surprised when it smells dried porcini mushroom, herbs de Provence, black pepper and dark fruit. The palate shows plum and savory dark berry, with medium tannins. The wine has a clean and focused finish with prominent acid and bitter cocoa nib.
FOOD PAIRING – Provided by Eric, our Winemaker
Eric prefers simple foods and he found the perfect pairing to go with his favorite of all varietals. Grilled meats, marinate with salt, pepper and some fresh herbs. Lamb chops was a winning combination, as well as tri-tip and bratwurst (not marinated). Grill up some of your favorite meats one Saturday or Sunday and you are set for a day of football!
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date||October 2, 2017|
|Aging||18 months neutral oak|
|Bottling Date||June 18, 2019|