This year’s wine comes from a single vineyard on deep volcanic loam soils near the town of Camino. Composed of both red and white grapes (48% mourvedre, 37% grenache, 14% marsanne and 1% fiano & arneis), the wine is both light on its feet yet firmly structured. It is also really delicious!
The grapes were harvested over a several week period in early September. We foot crushed and whole-cluster fermented each lot, pressing off after 5-7 days on the grapeskins. Fermentation was carried out in open top bins of various sizes, with ambient yeasts and no added sulfites.
After pressing the wine rested in tank to finish, on its lees, for 6 months. Bottled unfiltered with a small 20ppm sulfite addition.
The wine shows enticing floral aromas, deep red fruit flavors, and a round and smooth finish with enough tannin and acidity to age for several years. The wine also shows more minerality than past vintages, which seems to be a hallmark of the Camino area vineyards.
It’s a great wine for summer drinking – just chill it down for 25-30 minutes in the fridge – and enjoy it with most any summer fare. Age it a while and it will become more cotes-du-rhone-like, as the ’12 and ’13 vintages are now showing. A seriously fun wine.
377 cases bottled. 13.6% alcohol by volume. Screwtop closure.