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Cinsault Ancient Vine, 2020

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California - United States
Wine
Red
Cinsault
Lodi
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vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Grape Percentage: 100
  • Average age of vines: 135
  • Soil type: Sandstone
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 25 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Bottle weight: 1

Additional Information

This special 175 case lot from the famed 135 year old Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi, is the oldest surviving Cinsault Vineyard in the world. This dry farmed, organic vineyard has very low yield, and produces a very complex expression of this variety, normally considered a blending grape.

The 2020 vintage is one of the most delicate, ethereal. Aromatics so alluring you will literally just leave your nose in the glass. Light bodied, drink with a slight chill, sit back and...chill. (For those who remember the 2017 vintage, this is in a similar vein.) 175 cases made. 12% alc.

100% whole cluster, foot tread, fermented with native yeast in small 3/4 ton bins. Gently pressed to neutral barrel to age on heavy lees for 8 months, then bottled. A thought provoking wine Eric Asimov of the NY Times called an example of “delightful, delicious wine from under-appreciated grapes."
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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.
  • California, United States
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