Les Lunes Wine 2018 Carignane, Elvie's Block, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino

Les Lunes Wine 2018 Carignane, Elvie's Block, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino

Item Number: 16044

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Carignane
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 121

Vineyard Notes: Named in honor of Larry Venturi’s great-grandmother, the Elvie’s Block is the gem of the Venturi Vineyard. Planted in the early 1920’s, this nearly 100 year-old vineyard is still amazingly healthy and productive! Elvie’s Block is the steepest and rockiest in the Venturi Vineyard. 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. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is certified organic.

Vinification Notes:
The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness and fermented at cool temperatures with 100% whole clusters for 30 days. For the first 15 days, the grapes were gently foot-tread once per day. The remaining 15 days switched to once per every two days. The wine then aged for 22 months in barrel before it was bottled with no fining, filtering, nor additions aside from 18ppm SO2 prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes: This wine demonstrates the classic nose of Carignane with savory, spicy and dark red fruit notes. The nearly 100-year-old vine age and extreme lack of soil in the Elvie’s block gives the wine incredible density and power on the palate.