“Early Harvest” Abouriou Sparkling Red 2016
Region: Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Sherry Martinelli
Soil:creekside loam with a shale sub-strata
Average Age of Vines: 92 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Col Fondo. The whole clusters are foot stomped, allowed around 2 days of maceration.This base wine is allowed to age for 12 months which brings us to the next season when we have fresh juice from the same block. That fresh juice is added and the wine is bottled. The sparkling occurs naturally in the bottle in the second fermentation of juice.
Aging: base-wine aged 12 months
Added S02: 0
Misc: Abouriou is a Basque variety. These gnarly, ancient vines, planted by Darek’s great grandfather in 1930, are the last remaining block of Abouriou in the USA.