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2016 Cinsault
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2016 Cinsault
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 From the famed 135 year old Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi,  the oldest surviving Cinsault Vineyard in the world. This dry farmed, organic vineyard has very low yield, and produces a very complex expression of this variety, normally best as a blending grape.

Always 100% whole cluster, foot tread, fermented with native yeast in small ½ ton bins. Gently pressed to neutral barrel to age on heavy lees for 10 months, then bottled.  A thought provoking wine Eric Asimov of the NY Times called an example of “delightful, delicious wine from under-appreciated grapes." 

Unfortunately only 1.5 barrels, 30 cases crafted in 2016.

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cinsault
Appellation
Lodi
Vineyard Designation
Bechthold Vineyard
Acid
5.5 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
8 Months Neutral French oak
Fermentation
small 1/2 ton open top
Bottling Date
4/10/18
Alcohol %
13.3