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2016 CARIGNANE
2016 CARIGNANE
west-of-temperance-winery - 2016 Carignane - West of Temperance Winery - Wine
west-of-temperance-winery - 2016 Carignane - West of Temperance Winery - Wine

2016 CARIGNANE

West of Temperance Winery

Regular price $48.00 $39.99 Sale

VINTAGE: 2016 

VARIETAL: Carignane

VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Carignane

GRAPE SOURCING: The Poor Ranch, Hopland, Mendocino County, California

Old vine Carignane from The Poor Ranch in Mendocino County, California. An amazing vineyard in one of our favorite vinicultural areas in Northern California...

Drink now or hold.

WINE FACTS:

VINTAGE / VARIETAL: 2016 Carignane

VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Carignane

HARVEST DATE: September 13th, 2016

GRAPE SOURCING: The Poor Ranch, Hopland, Mendocino County, California

VITICULTURAL AREA: Hopland, Mendocino County, California

VINEYARD SITE: The Knoll Vineyard: Heirloom Carignane. Mountain vineyard planted in 1962, 900-foot elevation, 3/4 acre vineyard site. Low yields average of 1.5 tons off the vineyard annually. St. George rootstock, head-trained bush vines, dry-farmed. Certified organic vineyard (CCOF). 

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: The Poor Ranch, Hopland, Mendocino County, California

JUICE ANALYSIS AT HARVEST: 23.6 Brix, ph 3.4

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14.2%

BOTTLING DATE: January 29th, 2018

AGEABILITY (estimated): Through 2031

OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW (estimated): 2018 to 2027. Drink now through 2027

TOTAL PRODUCTION: 132 cases

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: 30% destemmed, 70% whole cluster fermented in 1 ton open-top fermenters. Aged in100% neutral French oak barrels. Extended maceration for 52 days.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Decant at least one or two hours before serving.

↓ Reviews / Customer Tasting Notes ↓

Customer review:

91 POINTS "Vanilla, cranberry, crushed stone. Adds white pepper with air. Balanced, long finish. Needs a bit more time. Now on day three. Drinking phenomenally well. Buy this. "

Wine 1 Percent review:

"Dark leather cherry licorice flows effortlessly out of the glass. Sweet perfume far deeper than Teen Spirit and less flowery than White Shoulders… somewhere between Jo Malone and Avon Wild Country. Dark cola and a little bretty green fairy tosses twinkle-toes onto the tannins you can SMELL. Rich cherry and rhubarb dress the graininess of the nose–sharp mineral and bruised jalapeno curl the eye-lids.

See, normally I would throw in a paragraph here about how much I adore Carignane, but that is all old news now. At one point the heaviest-planted grape in California–and even France–I am sure there are probably many acres of *filler* left for the valley wines, but it has been reduced to mostly bottles like these: smallish wineries who love it by itself or seeking a geeky revival of historical vines.

When you taste it, all your early California visions come true–without the sweetness common in those wines. Thick rich plum, pomegranate and date explode on a gritty foundation of acid. Literally one of the most balanced versions of this variety I have experienced–and it is a FAVORITE variety and one I grab ALWAYS in a line-up. The dreariness of the classic grape is there, slight subtleties almost alluding to Sierra Foothills in its density and rusticity, but the clarity of fruit and cleanliness of spirit steer you FAR to the opposite side of the valley. Here the coastal influence creeps down into the hot sunny days and the result is magic. Well done. VERY well done." July, 2020

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