Scholium Project 2016 'VLV Reserve' Verdelho, Vista Luna Vineyard, Clements Hills
Item Number: 10623
Sub Region: Central Valley
Appellation/AVA: Clement Hills
Vineyard Designation: Vista Luna Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Verdelho
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Soil Type: Gravelly sandy loam with large quartz
Case Production: 107
Vineyard Notes: This wine is composed of 100% Verdelho from Markus Bokisch’s remarkable Vista Luna Vineyard in the rolling Clements Hills AVA in northeastern Lodi. This is a very special vineyard— it is a gently sloping hillside vineyard, mostly north facing, with the soil due to glacial deposits flowing down from the Sierras. The soil is a gravelly sandy loam larded with large quartz chunks the size of your fist. The sand is iron-rich, giving the soil an ochre-red hue, and the sand plentiful enough that the vineyard is very well drained. Fruit ripens very early here— since the 2013, it has been Scholium's first vineyard to pick (harvesting for acidity and aromatic freshness).
2016 Vintage Notes: This is the fourth year of the drought, and it is very beneficial for this wine: the wine has high acidity, great density and complexity of flavor— power without richness.
Winemaking Notes: As always, the whole clusters are foot-stomped in the press, and then immediately and delicately pressed to minimize the effect of the skins that had just been somewhat broken. The goal is to get some of the aromatic and phenolic power released by the skins, but not too much. The juice coming out of the press is kept separate (first, second, third up to a fifth fraction). Each fraction is fermented separately in its own neutral oak barrel without settling or racking. This is done to intensify the salinity and funk of the wine. The juice ages for 7 months before bottling, without racking, stirring, or the addition of sulfites. VLV Reserve Verdelho does not undergo full malolactic fermentation. It is filtered before bottling. The total SO2 at bottling was 37 mg/liter with 0 mg/liter free.