The 2019 Nero d'Avola is a refreshing, easy-drinking, lighter red wine bursting with fresh berries, hints of pepper, and spice with juicy, mouth-watering acidity, luscious smooth tannins, and a long finish.
The 2019 Nero d'Avola 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, the vineyard is exposed to low rainfall during the growing season and consistent breezes allowing for a controlled crop with low disease pressure, ideal conditions for late-ripening Italian varietals. These grapes are amongst the last to be picked. 2019 was a mild growing year with no rain or major heat events so ripening was even and the grapes were picked on the 21st of October at optimal ripeness.
These grapes are machine harvested at night and bought to the winery where they are directly transferred to a closed top fermenter. They quickly begin fermentation naturally and are allowed a peak temperature of 89F to soften and round the tannin. The wine was pressed off the grapes after 15 days. We introduced our house culture for secondary fermentation immediately before transferring to barrels 24 hours after pressing. It was in barrels for 15 months with 30% French oak before bottling.