When searching for this important southern Italian variety, we found that there
were very few acres planted in California. Luckily, a meticulous farmer in Tracy
Hills, Jeff Brown was brought to our attention. The area is classed as a “mineral
resource zone” designated by the US Geological Service due to the high gravel
content of the soil. This well-drain vineyard is “deficit irrigated” which produces
intensely flavored grapes.
Grapes are de-stemmed with minimal crushing. Must is pumped to a
temperature controlled stainless steel tank and inoculated with a pure strain of
wine yeast to ensure complete and healthy fermentation. Grapes are pressed
and the juice is moved to a settling tank. Within a few days, 30% of the wine
is racked and moved onto new American oak and the balance on neutral
cooperage for nine months. The wine is racked once more during the course of
aging and then moved to a tank for bottling.
The wine has notes of strawberry, black pepper and mushrooms with a hint of
Enjoy with spaghetti and meatballs, barbecued pork ribs or grilled steak.