2018 Winter's Edge

2018 Winter's Edge


This unique old vine field blend is vinified from grapes picked from two single vineyard sites on November 6th, 2018 (post frost). From the Casa Verde vineyard, planted in 1944, we harvested a field blend of old vine Carignane, Grenache and French Colombard. Casa Verde is dry farmed and certified organic with 75-year-old, head-pruned vines, planted on alluvial loam soils. These low-yielding vines produce small clusters (averaging one to two tons per acre) that impart firm structure and refreshing acidity to the blend. This incredibly unique fruit is complemented by a percentage of Grenache from the Niemi Vineyard, where red soils with volcanic influence yield grapes with a plush and jammy character that adds weight, texture, and ripeness to the final blend.

750ml / 2018
  • 2018
    Juicy and Bright
  • AVA
    Mendocino County
  • Grape Variety
    Red Blend
  • ABV

This Mendocino old vine field blend is made of Old vine Carignane, Grenache and French Colombard coming from the historic Casa Verde Vineyard, planted in 1944, combine with Grenache from the Niemi Vineyard. These iconic Mendocino vineyards are completely dry farmed and Organic. 

The grapes were destemmed with 80% whole berries. Fermentation took place in open top fermenters. The free-run, drained juice underwent native malolactic fermentation, which took 12 months to complete. The wine was aged for 19 months in older Francois Freres barrels. The wine was bottled on July 31, 2020

These southern French varieties come together in a bright, juicy, and eminently quaffable wine. We suggest a hearty Risotto with winter greens and pancetta to pair with this delicate beauty. Obviously, fresh shaved Parmesean is encouraged. 

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