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VARIETALS: Syrah (45%), Grenache (35%), Mourvèdre (15%), Counoise (5%)
VINEYARD: Windmill Vineyard (Dunnigan Hills AVA, Yolo County)
Sergio Villanueva farms the Windmill vineyard for the owner Jeff Morgan under Matthiasson's direction and tutelage. He knows every vine practically by name, and carefully nurtures the vineyard with tremendous pride. The Windmill Vineyard is situated on pinkish gravelly alluvial soils in the Dunnigan Hills AVA of Yolo County. It is a hot climate, and the fruit ripens fast, allowing for a harvest of ripe fruit at low sugar levels, keeping the alcohol moderate and texture soft and light. Certified organic.
Hurley Vineyard (Napa Valley)
Sheri Hurley, with some equipment and labor help from Matthiasson, lovingly tends her tiny Syrah vineyard at the base of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. The Hurley Vineyard is a tiny one acre vineyard alongside the Napa River growing on cool clay soils, with morning fog and afternoon breezes that swoop in most days through the Golden Gate and across the San Pablo Bay. The fruit ripens slowly and retains tremendous acidity and citrusy freshness, and is the perfect foil to the soft and broad character of the fruit from the much warmer climate Windmill Vineyard. Certified organic.
VINIFICATION: Grapes were whole-cluster pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours, then fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel barrels. To preserve the acidity malolactic fermentation was prevented. The barrels were kept shut tight, no topping or stirring, and the wine was never racked, fined, or cold-stabilized, but since it is ML negative it was filtered before bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Citrusy aromas and clean flavors will complement the wonderful spring foods that show up on the table as the weather thaws (salads, rabbit, frittatas, peas, favas, green garlic…). Perfect for springtime holiday meals, or enjoying on the porch all summer.