2021 Siletto Vineyard Negrette, San Benito

Siletto Vineyard Negrette, 2021

San Benito is the only planting outside of France where legend says Negrette arrived via The Knights Templar

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Tracey began talking about San Benito with John Siletto a few years ago and had plans to start in 2022 until the Caldor Fire devastation in El Dorado created an emergency and John was able to squeeze us in a year early. We were delighted to work with BOTH the extremely rare Negrette and the more “widespread” Cabernet Pfeffer coming Fall 2022!

Legend has it the Knights Templar carried the first Negrette plants into Southwest France and today San Benito is the only planting outside of France for this obscure varietal that produces a silky, perfumed and earthy red wine. We couldn’t be more excited for this new partnership and the chance to work with such a passionate wine farmer whose vineyards will be certified organic in 2023!

Tasting Note: This wine will twist your expectations upside down with a silky smile. Deep and rich in hue, the nose opens with rose petals and violets, mushrooms and dried plum, hinting towards a bold and succulent style. But with the first sip we quickly discover the bright juxtaposition just beneath the surface; the palate is textured and nimble like a ballet dancer, mingling cumin spice and florals, black cherries and carob, earth and forest floor. Pair with hoisin braised eggplant, hummus + pita, wild mushroom ravioli or a fatty cut of lamb.

  • Appellation: San Benito
  • Vineyard: Calleri Vineyard
  • Varietal: Negrette
  • Clone: El Gavilan
  • Age: Planted 1992
  • Elevation: 600
  • Soil: Various gravel, sand and silt loams
  • Harvested: 9/22/2021
  • Crushed: 9/22/2021
  • Pressed: 10/6/2021
  • Fermentation: Wild yeast and bacteria in Terra Cotta Amphorae for 15 days. 10% Whole Cluster and foot tread.
  • Barrel aging: 7 months in neutral and 30% once used barrels.
  • Bottled: April 26, 2022
  • Production: 75 cases
  • Release date: Summer 2022, MEMBER EXCLUSIVE

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