Fruit sourced from the Taniguchi Vineyard in Fowler, California and the Novavine Vineyard in Yolo County, California.
The Taniguchi Vineyard is our family vineyard comprised of 90+ year old Thompson Seedless vines with a one-acre portion grafted to Aglianico (Clones VCR7 and VCR2) and the Novavine Vineyard is in the Dunnigan Hills area of Yolo County.
This wine may exhibit tartrate crystals (sometimes referred to as “wine diamonds” in bottle neck / on cork) and some sediment and this is a natural occurrence which shows the wine to have been minimally handled in the cellar.
We suggest storing this wine upright for at least 24 hours prior to serving and decanting prior to serving is also something we like to do.
Drink now or hold.
VINTAGE / VARIETAL: 2012 Aglianico
AGLIANICO: “Aglianico” (pronounced roughly “ahl-YAH-nee-koe”) is a black grape grown mostly in the southern regions of Italy, mostly Basilicata and Campania.
VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Aglianico
HARVEST DATE: October 5th, 2012 (Novavine Harvest) November 22nd, 2012 (Taniguchi Harvest)
GRAPE SOURCING: Novavine Vineyard Yolo County, California and Taniguchi Vineyards, Fowler, California
VITICULTURAL AREA: Yolo County, California and Central Valley, California
VINEYARD SITE: Taniguchi Vineyards: 1 acre of 90-year-old Thompson vines grafted over to Aglianico in 2008. Aglianico yields from Taniguchi are generally 1 ton.
CLONAL SELECTION: VCR 7 Grottaminarda, Italy and VCR 2 Grottaminarda, Italy. (Novavine Vineyard). Small yields of Aglianico harvested in the Dunnigan Hills area in Woodland, Yolo County, California.
* Novavine Vineyard Management.
* Earl Taniguchi, Taniguchi Vineyards.
JUICE ANALYSIS AT HARVEST:
* 24.6 Brix, ph 3.51, TA 0.52 (Novavine)
* 24.4 Brix, ph 3.4, TA 0.59 (Taniguchi)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14.4%
BOTTLING DATE: March 2015
AGEABILITY (estimated): Through 2030
OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW (estimated): Now through 2025
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 103 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Destemmed, fermented in 1 ton open top fermenters. Aged in 100% neutral French oak barrels.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This wine may exhibit tartrate crystals (sometimes referred to as “wine diamonds”) in bottle neck / on cork. This is a natural occurrence which shows the wine to have been minimally handled in the cellar. This wine loves aeration. Decant at least one hour before serving.