2017 Alveare

2017 Alveare, Fenaughty Vineyard Marsanne

Layers of texture laced with bright notes and minerality from the 308 days on the skins in our beautiful clay vat that looks like a beehive

El Dorado

In 2017 we bought our first (of three to date) handmade clay vats and Alveare is the first wine we have bottled that was both made and aged in the clay! Alveare (al-vee-are-a) is Italian for beehive and this wine spent 308 days on the skins in our beautiful clay vat that looks like a beehive. That is about 292 days longer than any other skin ferment wine we have made to date. Yet, this wine is not hugely tannic or rough. Rather it provides a textural massage of the palate with long and lush tannin. Extraction is complicated science that is far from linear. As is this wine.

Tasting Note: A honeyed yellow color foreshadows the honeyed aromatic notes that give way to white peach, orange peel and umami. Layers of texture laced with bright notes and minerality that perform a modern dance across the palate, weaving sweet, savory, and floral notes together so tightly it is difficult to distinguish each, but together they deserve a standing ovation.

  • Appellation: El Dorado
  • Vineyard: Fenaughty
  • Varietal: Marsanne
  • Clone: Tablas
  • Age: Planted 1990
  • Elevation: 2600 feet
  • Soil: Decomposed granite w/red clay loam
  • Harvested: September 12, 2017
  • Pressed: July 18, 2018
  • Maceration: 10 months in handmade Italian clay
  • Fermentation: Wild yeast and bacteria
  • Bottled: August 10, 2018
  • Production: 59 cases
  • Release date: November 2018

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