TASTING NOTES: This wine smells like tomato vines and wild forest fruits. Feels like dark cocoa powder swirling in bright blackberry juice on your tongue. Open a few hours early or decant if drinking this in the 2 to 3 years after release.
The beauty of Nero d’Avola is its Chiaroscuro-like nature: brightness from its ability to hold onto acidity in warm Mediterranean climates, and darkness from its characteristic forest fruits. I spent a very impactful vintage working with this grape at COS in Sicily, so the fact that Nero d’Avola even exists in California—AND I get to work with it in both the vineyard and cellar—makes my heart happy. While everyone else is clamoring for cool climate sites along the California coast, I am proud to be looking inland, where the hotter climate and shorter spring season make low-input farming a reality. I still want to make elegant wines, so it just means thinking outside of the box with the choice of varieties. Nero d’Avola is a perfect natural fit. I’ve been making this wine since 2014 and recently others in California are asking for cuttings and planting Nero d’Avola at their sites—I’m excited to see this amazing grape spread in California!
75% Benson Ranch Vineyard, Ukiah, Mendocino County: 14 year old dry farmed (no irrigation) vines, gravelly loam soil.
25% Fox Hill Vineyard, Talmage Bench, Mendocino County: 33 year old vines (as far as we know the oldest Nero d’Avola in CA), sandy loam soils.
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