The 2019 Montepulciano is a big, dark brooding wine with dense fruit flavors and lovely integrated oak giving blackberry and blueberry notes with vanilla, mocha, and spice. The acidity is balanced and the tannins are rich and round.
The 2019 Montepulciano is grown in the Tracy Hills appellation of the San Joaquin Valley in California. The vineyards are planted in well-drained, alluvial gravel soils. Being located at the southwestern edge of the valley, it is exposed to low rainfall during the growing season and consistent breezes allowing for a controlled crop with low disease pressure, ideal for conditions for late-ripening Italian varietals. These grapes are amongst the last to be picked. In 2019 it was a mild growing year and even with no rain or major heat events, the grapes ripened earlier than usual due to a lower crop coming in on the 5th of October at perfect ripeness.
The grapes are machine harvested at night to retain freshness and vibrancy. The grapes are brought directly to the winery and transferred to the tank immediately where the grapes are allowed to warm and begin fermentation naturally. The grapes are pumped over twice a day and during peak fermentation where the temperature is kept at 85F. After 14 days the wine is pressed off the skins and malolactic is completed before going to barrels for aging. It receives 40% new French M+ oak for 15 months before bottling.