Carignane 2012, Forchini Vineyard
The Forchini’s, our next-door neighbors on the eastern bench of the Dry Creek Valley, own a gem of a vineyard, with 100-year-old Zinfandel vines and 2 acres of 70+year-old Carignane vines as the crown jewels. When offered, we jumped at the chance to get some of the Carignane grapes and we haven’t looked back (other than to extend the grape contract a few more years.). Planted on well-drained benchland soil, this vineyard is non-irrigated, sustainably farmed, and provides fantastic grapes.
This medium-bodied wine offers layers of deliciousness that will pair beautifully with so many types of cuisine. Smoked chicken and chanterelles in a light cream sauce over fresh pasta, or roast pork tenderloin with a cherry balsamic sauce are just a couple of options.