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2016 AGLIANICO
2016 AGLIANICO
2016 AGLIANICO
2016 AGLIANICO

2016 AGLIANICO

West of Temperance Winery

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VARIETAL: Aglianico

VINTAGE: 2016

VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Aglianico

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↓ Wine 1 Percent  |  October 18th, 2021  |  " WEST OF EDEN " ↓

" This wine is sitting in EXACTLY the right spot: 5 years old and STILL available on the website. A little patina starting to peek through–both in the glass and on bouquet–dusty leather velvet massaging and polishing the vibrant–but characteristically smoky and rustic–fruit. Clear light ruby tapering out to a wide garnet edge, tilled black earth–peaty and gloriously musty–gripping the black cherry and ripe raspberry completely, running bits of walnut shell and peach-pit hard up in your olfactory, lilac and green-briar apricot balancing savory, meaty tones with oak- and bottle-age.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better drinking-wine on a shop-shelf in California. It doesn’t use sunshine and heat to insult the snob or titillate the tourist sweet-tooth. It doesn’t glorify *bigger is better* or strive for moon-shot maceration recipes. It calmly focuses one of my favorite varieties onto the palate in a way both Taurasi-correct and edgily new-world. Bitter and distinct in depth and breadth, a religious ache of acid grasping each molecule of berry. But the “settling-down” aspects of bottle-age are unmistakable: the entry a spritely stone-fruit; the core a full-bodied gasp of tarnished berry; the late-middle introducing bloody tannic ire; the finish a bristly ecumenical agreement between lust and sin. Well-defined and delicious, I could drink wines like this every day.

2016 WEST OF TEMPERANCE Aglianico California 14.2 "

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2016 Aglianico PDF Factsheet 

VINTAGE / VARIETAL: 2016 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 21st, 2016 (Taniguchi Harvest) October 12th, 2016 (Heringer Harvest)

GRAPE SOURCING: Taniguchi Vineyards, Fresno County, Fowler (Madera AVA), California and Heringer Estates Family Vineyards, Yolo County, Clarksburg, California.

VITICULTURAL AREA: Yolo County, Clarksburg, California and Fresno County, (Madera AVA), Fowler, California

VINEYARD SITE: Taniguchi Vineyard: 1 acre of 90-year-old Thompson vines grafted over to Aglianico in 2008. Aglianico yields from Taniguchi is 1 ton. Heringer Estates Family Vineyards: small yields of Aglianico harvested from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California.

SOIL TYPE: Delhi Sandy Loam, Hesperia Sandy Loam (Taniguchi) Alluvial Sediment (Heringer)

CLONAL SELECTION: VCR 7 Grottaminarda, Italy and VCR 2 Grottaminarda, Italy

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: Earl Taniguchi,Taniguchi Vineyards. Stephen Heringer, Heringer Estates Family Vineyards.

JUICE ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: 24.8 Brix, ph 3.78 (Taniguchi Vineyard) 22.9 Brix, ph 3.65 (Heringer Estates Vineyard)

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14.2%

BOTTLING DATE: January 29th, 2018 

AGEABILITY (estimated): Through 2031

OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW (estimated): Now through 2028

TOTAL PRODUCTION: 80 cases. 

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Taniguchi Vineyard: destemmed, fermented in 1 ton open top fermenters. Heringer Vineyard: 40% whole cluster fermentation and 60% destemmed. Both wines aged in 100% neutral French oak barrels.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This wine loves aeration. Decant at least one hour before serving.

2016 Aglianico PDF Factsheet

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