Our 2018 Ancient Vines Carignane opens with aromas of berry, spice and plum. On the palate you are greeted by berry and spice flavors, with a hint of plum and a delightful pepper note. Well-structured tannins and bright acidity lead to a notable finish.
Our Ancient Vines Carignane draws from four separate vineyards located in northwest Oakley near the San Joaquin River. These vines all share sandy soil and a cooling effect from the proximity to the river. The newest vineyard dates back to 1940, while the oldest vineyards date back to the early 1900s.
Lots were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent near total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must, contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grapes, juice, skins, and seeds (called “must”) along with some added yeasts were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. Wines were pressed off their skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down on medium toasted French oak for 11 months.