2014 Old Vine Carignane, Testa Vineyard
Made from a pre-WWII planting at the Testa Vineyard, this wine combines gorgeous bright red fruit, spicy notes and earth driven minerality.
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Old vine Carignane is one of the many unsung grape heroes in our opinion. Ours is made from a pre-WWII planting at the Testa Vineyard and results in a wine that combines gorgeous bright red fruit land spicy notes and earth driven minerality. It is light on its feet but still offers plenty of texture and mouthfeel.
- Appellation: Mendocino
- Vineyard: Testa
- Varietal: Carignane
- Clone: n/a
- Age: 75+ yrs
- Elevation: 1700 feet
- Soil: Decomposed sandstone & Pinnobie loam
- Yield: 2.5 tons/acre
- Harvested: September 17, 2014
- Pressed: October 1, 2014
- Blend: 100% Carignane
- Maceration: 15 days
- Barrel aging: 10 months in neutral French Oak tank
- Bottled: Unfiltered on July 28, 2015
- Production: 386 cases
- Release date: Fall 2015
Bright red fruits, blackberries and dark plums mingles with blood sausage on the nose. A medium body boasting black olives, red fruit and minerality akin to concrete on a warm day after a brief rainstorm. With a lingering finish this wine pairs well with everything from pizza to skirt steak. The French sometimes call this “Boir Dur” and so do we.
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