2016 Carignan, Contra Costa Conty
Boysenberry, Pomegranate, Anise
- 2–3 days cold soak
- Fermented 10–12 days in open-top bins (30% whole cluster)
- Punched down 2–3 times daily to ensure complete fermentation
- Fermented warm to 85°
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (30% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Widely planted in Southern France, Carignan is also known as Carignano in Italy and Cariñena in Spain. The vines produce wines with bright acid, dark color, and rough tannins. Often used in a blend, Carignan makes for both a great standalone and food wine—especially wines produced from old vines, like our Carignan.
Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the Sacramento Delta near the town of Oakley. Gnarly head-trained vines were planted in the early 19th century and are dry farmed on soils as sandy as any beach, which keeps the canopy and the crop load in balance.
2016 saw more rainfall than in the previous five years, bringing some relief to an ongoing drought. Temperatures on average were warm, producing grapes that were fully ripe with above-average crop size.
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