A true representation of Montepulciano, our 2016 vintage features a rustic quality opening with a mild fruit and earthy aroma. The rich flavors of fig and plum mingle with leather-spice notes which are enhanced with a bit of bitter chocolate. This concentrated wine has a soft palate and smooth tannins from aging in neutral American oak barrels for 22 months.
Fine Sandy and Sandy Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock
Modified Vertical Shoot Positioning
October 14, 2016
BRIX AT HARVEST
American Oak Barrels; 22 Months
March 25, 2019
Bordering the Mokelumne River and Gill Creek Slough our River Ranch Montepulciano Vineyard was planted in 2013. The 4.69 acres sits on deep fine sandy loam soil and takes
advantage of the high water table - we rarely have to irrigate. As a partial no-till vineyard with cover crop to draw-out soil moisture early in the growing season, the vigorous vines are moderated.
With above average winter rains, we began the 2016 growing season with enough moisture in the soil profile to delay the start of irrigation. This allowed the vines to grow at their own pace until the crucial time when we began spoon feeding water
to control vigor. Warm daytime temperatures and cool nights
resulted in all varietals ripening quickly in the first half of the season, but as we came closer to fall, the late ripening varietals took their time reaching maturity. What developed was a long harvest,
beginning at the end of July and lasting until the end of October, just before the first major fall rainstorm; lucky for us 99% of our
vineyards were harvested. The outcome is a season with average to above-average yields and winemakers please with the quality.
JAHANT AVA - Located in the center of the Lodi AVA, the Jahant AVA is geographically the smallest of Lodi’s seven AVAs, comprised of 28,000 acres, with roughly 9,000 planted acres. It sits on highly dissected river terraces and old floodplain deposits. The classic
Mediterranean climate has Delta fog influence, and receives cold air drainage and entrapment within our vineyards.