Les Lunes Wine 2019 Old Vine Carignane, Mendocino
Item Number: 17863
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Carignane
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
Case Production: 148
Winemakers' Notes: "Amazingly well suited to California's moderate Mediterranean climate, historic plantings of Carignane remain throughout the state and are beginning to receive recognition for producing age-worthy wines of beauty, elegance and character. This year’s wine is made from 70 to 100-year-old vines from both Larry Venturi and the Hopland Arnold’s Block. The classic Carignane notes of dried fruit and herbs really stand out in this wine. Our 30-day whole cluster fermentation and 3 years of aging give the wine integrated acid and structure. This vintage is particularly exceptional and is a great food pairing wine." - Shaunt & Diego
About 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.
About Arnold's Block Vineyard: John and Susan Poor are third generation farmers tending to vines planted on their family's historic site in McDowell Valley in Mendocino County. Planted in 1948, this 70-year-old vineyard is head trained and has been dry farmed since inception. The Arnold’s Block Vineyard now resides on tribal land belonging to the Hopland Band of the Pomo Nation. Farming is non-certified organic.
Winemaking Notes: The vineyards are harvested separately at their respective optimal ripeness and fermented at cool temperatures with 100% whole clusters for 30 days. The wine then ages for 22 months in barrel before it is bottled with no fining, filtering, or additions aside from 18ppm SO2 prior to bottling. The wine continues to age for 12 months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: 100-year-old vines in California are so hard to find, yet, when you do find them, they almost always make incredible wine. This wine demonstrates the classic nose of Carignane with savory, spicy and dark red fruit notes and the vine-age in Elvie’s block gives the wine incredible density and power on the palate.