Populis 2016 Rose of Carignane, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 10675
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Carignane
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
The Populis Carignane Rosé draws inspiration from the great aged rosés of Southern France. The aim is for a more serious style of rosé, which is why this bottling is aged on the lees for 14 months. The aging adds a richness and oiliness to the palate and adds a more savory aroma profile. However, the acid-profile of the old-vine Carignane keeps the wine fresh and drinkable.
Soils: Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah, in the Calpella Valley, on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County.
Farming: Larry Venturi is a third generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 70 year-old vineyard is still amazingly healthy and productive, with much more life to go! The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is certified organic.
Vinification: Whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. The juice fermented in one-third neutral French oak barrels and two-thirds 12 hL polymer tanks. No sulfur or inoculation was made at pressing and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were 100% indigenous. Upon their completion, 20 ppm sulfur was added. The wine was aged for 14 months sur lie, blended, and bottled with a small sulfur addition without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes: This rosé has richness on the attack yet finishes brightly thanks to the acid profile of the old-vine Carignane. There is a distinct saltiness and minerality on the nose, with hints of dried herbs and spices. The Populis rosé is one that can be contemplated over the course of an evening, or crushed on your front porch!