Our inaugural bottling of Montepulciano was crafted in a traditional, hands off approach to allow the natural characteristics of the varietal to shine. With bright red berry aromas and flavors of dense dark stone fruit, the inherent fruit notes are complimented by soft tannins brought about by neutral French and American oak barrel aging for one year. This smooth wine, with a long finish, is perfect for sipping on its own or pairing with a meal.
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After recognizing the success of our other Italian varietal plantings, Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola, in 2013 we made the decision to add Montepulciano. The vineyard is 4.69 acres located just a few miles from the winery at our home ranch, the River Ranch in the Lodi Appellation. With just over 100 acres of Montepulciano in the state of California, we do consider this a unique red wine.
The heavy rains in December 2014 coupled with sporadic spring storms slightly eased the early season vine stress due to California’s ongoing drought conditions. Warm windy days and cooler than average nights in April and May led to slow crop development as well as small berry and cluster sizes. We did see warmer than average temperatures in June and typical July weather that resulted in an early, intense harvest with lower yields on average. The season began almost three weeks ahead of normal and was completed by the end of September. Throughout the season, we worked hard to keep up with the fast paced harvest to deliver winegrapes at the optimal time with our winemaking team loving the concentrated colors and fruit flavors.