This wine is a blend of our vineyards from the northern Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross - Seaview AVA. Carolyn Martinelli’s family homesteaded this property in the 1860’s, when her family came to California by wagon train and have been the owners ever since.
Fermentation: 2 weeks in open-top stainless steel followed by 100% neutral French Oak; 100% Malolactic; on the lees with bi-weekly battonage
Oak: 50% new French Oak, 50% neutral French Oak, 10 months
Although 2016 received just below average rainfall, it was still considered the last year of our 5-year drought. However this adequate amount of rain at the appropriate time led to favorable conditions for bloom, which resulted in an even fruit-set and good vine balance. Summer temperatures were cooler, which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and develop deeper flavors. The weather held steady through harvest allowing us to pick the fruit at optimum maturity levels, resulting in wines full of finesse and intensity.