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From a historic Mendocino vineyard pitched on the lofty slopes of Cloverdale’s Pine Mountain. Jim McCutcheon boasts 70-year old, head-pruned, dry-farmed vines planted on south-facing exposures at 2200-2400 feet. The soil is a mix of hard shale & clay. This rapidly vanishing California grape variety—made in this ‘old-timey’ way—harkens back to the Golden State’s earliest winemaking efforts.
AROMA: black cherry, sarsaparilla, cacao
FLAVOR: salted plum, black rapsberry, cola
FOOD PAIRINGSlamb burger, steak frites, Korean BBQ
VINEYARD: The Colombini Vineyard is a mid-century planting that was installed by Charlie Barra in 1942. Still in production, the Carignane block, off Road I in the Redwood Valley, is a bench land site that contains a diverse mix of Pinole series soils – a well-drained gravely mixture of clay with sedimentary materials. The 10 acre planting has been farmed by the Colombini family since the 1970s and has contributed to everything from sacramental wine to vineyard designated bottlings. Darin Colombini (2nd Generation) is the guiding hand that tends to the vines each year.
WINEMAKING: The handling was gentle, performing no more than two punch downs per day. It was apparent from the beginning that this wine would be special given the juice’s neon-magenta/blackened appearance which provided visual evidence of the potential and forced a delicate hand. The fragrant fermentation lasted a total of 18 days.
AGING: Wine was laid to rest for 12 months in 2 demi-muids. Both vessels were then racked and combined just 3 days prior to bottling.
The 2019 Trail Marker rosé of Carignan heralds entirely from the organically farmed Bartolemei Brothers vineyard in Mendocino County. The vineyard has been in the Bartolemei family name since the 1800's and the Carignan vineyard was planted in the early 1930's & late 1940's (between WWII). These are dry farmed, head trained vines shooting up from red rock - a stunning place to grow this Southern Rhone varietal.
The resulting rosé showcases a beautiful, crisp acidity and an elegant palate that pleads for sweltering days at the beach, backyard BBQ's or the late morning brunches that inadvertently lead into all day adventures.