Carignan has a long history in CA, and with over half of its plantings removed, is now gaining a reputation as variety well suited to the Mediterranean climate, capable of producing quality wine. Planted over 75 years ago (back label is incorrect) by Rick’s father, Rick Trimble now manages this 10 acre, head trained, organically certified block, which we lease 50% of. While much of Hopland is very hot, this area is much cooler, enjoys a 30-40 degree diurnal shift at night, with the grapes typically taking until mid October to reach 21-22 brix.
This vintage was 50% whole cluster, lightly food tred, then fermented in the small vessel ½ ton picking bins. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast, with no additions or cold soak, with two punch downs a day, by hand. Once fermentation is complete, the wine was gently pressed to neutral French oak barrels, without settling, for 6 months elevage. The wine remained on heavy lees for 4 months, racked twice for bottling, with no fining, filtration, or additions other than a small amount of SO2.
Varietal: 100% Carignan, Trimble Vineyard, Hopland, Mendocino
• Alcohol: 12.18%, pH 3.5, TA 5.9 g/l. Native yeast fermentation in small ½ ton open bins, 50% whole cluster
• SO2 35 ppm
• Aging: 8 months in neutral French oak
• Case Production: 21 barrels, 525 cases