Silver Medal winner, 2019 Amador Wine Competition
90 cases produced
Our older vine Primitivo grows on a steep hillside at 2,000-foot altitude in the granitic and volcanic soil of our vineyard estate in the Shenandoah Valley of the Sierra Foothills. It is grafted on special drought tolerant rootstock which allows it to dig deep in this soil for water and we dry farm it. It thrives in the warm daytime breezes from the Central Valley and cool Sierra evenings, a 30 degree swing in temperature, a climate similar to the best growing region in Italy for this grape.
The 2018 season was characterized by lighter rainfall than usual with a totally dry December and February. Half the season's rain fell in March which contributed to good vine growth. Bud break was about a month later due to many cold nights in March/April. With the delayed start, harvest ended up being about 3 weeks later than usual.
Our Primitivo Rosé grapes at harvest were crushed and immediately pressed with <1 hour skin contact, just long enough to get a light rosé color extracted and some characteristic skin flavors imparted. It was then fermented dry (no residual sugars) at cool winery room temperatures in tanks and we did secondary malolactic fermentation. We patiently let it age a year in tanks to give it enough time to naturally settle before bottling it up. Alcohol 14.5% with a softer acidity at a pH of 3.7. It has some of the characteristic tasting notes of Primitivo, albeit toned down - plum, dried cherries, vanilla, apple. It will best be enjoyed chilled as an appetizer wine or paired with typical foods for white wines, with a slightly more robust and distinct flavor due to the Primitivo grapes and some flavor infusion from skin contact.