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2020 Carignan, Old Vine, 2020

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California - United States
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From the Grower
"Elegant and aromatic, with a soft structure from 100% whole cluster, perhaps more akin to Cru Beaujolais than Carignan. Juicy, crunchy, and gulpable. Likes a slight chill and a burgundy glass."
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  • Organic (certified)
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Average age of vines: 77
  • Soil type: Sand
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 20 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 11.8%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Bottle weight: 1

Additional Information

Carignan can easily be an extremely dark, tannic beast – however with our very gentle approach (no pump overs, small fermentations, hand punch downs) we are able to turn Beast into a Beauty. This vintage was 100% whole cluster, lightly food tred, then fermented in the small vessel 3/4 ton bins. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast, with no additions or cold soak, and two punch downs a day, by hand. Once fermentation is complete, the wine was gently pressed to neutral French oak barrels, without settling, for native ML and 10 months elevage. The wine remained on heavy lees for 8 months, racked twice for bottling, with no fining, filtration, or additions other than a small amount of SO2.
While our total production is small (~4,000 cases, 48,000 bottles,) our offerings are vast. Nicknamed ‘insane master of small lots’, William crafts about 15 different wines each vintage. All our wines are fermented with native yeast, aged on the lees in neutral barrels, minimally racked with no fining, filtration, or additions other than a small amount of Sulfur. We focus on uncommon varietals, cool climate or old vine plantings, often from the only few acres in California.
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