Mendocino County, CA | 462 cases
Venturi Vineyard is in Mendocino County; dry farmed; organic.
This wine has a compelling aroma of tamarind-chili candy, white pepper, wet stone, and charcuterie. All enticing you to take a sip where you will find flavors of spiced plum, black tea, and sun baked jam.
We ferment this Zinfandel 100% whole cluster. A small portion of whole clusters are foot tread and placed in the bottom of the tank, then un-tread clusters are put on top. We foot-tread or perform body punchdowns for about a week until things are soft enough to gently pumpover. Because grapes are broken up slowly over time, sugars are also released slowly rather than all at once, resulting in a slower fermentation. We do one delestage ~⅔ through fermentation, and allow for a 28-day maceration before pressing. The wine ages in neutral barrels for 12 months on lees, is racked, and bottled. The minimal SO2 found in this wine is due to spot sulfuring specific barrels in the lot during the year of aging.