Les Lunes Wine 2015 Zinfandel, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 10857
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Zinfandel
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
Case Production: 243
Tasting Notes: Hailing from the Venturi Vineyard just north of Ukiah in Mendocino County, this Zinfandel captures the rich history and tradition of Californian viticulture with complexity, elegance and depth that only come with old-vine vineyards. This wine captures the brambly and brash spirit of Zinfandel while maintaining excellent elegance, balance and freshness.
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 1948, this 67-year-old vineyard is head trained and has been dry farmed since inception. Farming is organic.
Vinification: 100% whole clusters were foot stomped. No sulfur was added prior to the 100% indigenous fermentation. Gentle punch-downs were performed once a day throughout the moderately warm (22-25 o C) maceration. One delestage was performed approximately two thirds of the way through fermentation to round out the mid-palate. The wine was pressed after 30 days of maceration. The wine was raised in a mixture of one completely neutral, breathable, 300-gallon (1,130L) vessel (high-density polyethylene—same material as your milk cartons just thicker) and 5 neutral 60-gallon (225L) French oak barrels for 19 months. 25ppm of sulfites were added following the completion of a native malolactic fermentation, and 10ppm of sulfites were added prior to bottling.
The Feiring Line 11/2017
"Just a fabulous example of how, if treated with respect, zinfandel can be completely satisfying. While it borders on glou-glou with a meadow-like gentleness, the aromatics are lovely, and there’s a spine to it with just enough acid to keep it drinking with pleasure."