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2012 Trinafour Grenache

Chevalier Vineyard
Mendocino County

pH: 3.84
TA: 0.57
Alcohol: 15.5%

Chevalier Vineyard
The Chevalier Vineyard sits on a steep east facing hillside looking over Lake Mendocino. Both Yokayo and Pinole Series soils are present, in the grouping of alluvial river bottom soils pushed up onto the hillsides with plate activity. The two clones are ENTAV material, budded onto devigorating rootstock. Deficit irrigation is practiced. Only 1.1 tons were harvested on October 16, 2012.

Wine Making
The fruit was partially destemmed but not crushed into an open top fermenter with 25% whole clusters. Native yeast fermentation began in earnest 8 days later. Still fermenting juice was drained to 3 year old Francois Freres barrels. Primary did not finish until late December. Native malolactic fermentation was complete by May. The wine remained on heavy lees, was egg white fined and bottled unfiltered on August 21, 2014.

Aroma
Kirsch
Black plum
Earth

Mouthfeel
Lively core
Full body
Moderate tannins

Food Pairing
Shepard’s pie
Roast game bird
Merguez

98 Cases Produced