Carignane 2018, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
The recent replanting of the estate vineyard on Bradford Mountain gave us the opportunity to expand our portfolio of Rhone varieties from this unique location. We have bottled Carignane over the yeras from other regions and vineyards and always enjoed the wines. The combination of intense mountain terroir and distinctive varietal character of Carignane in this wine creates a complex and evocative expression.
Dry Creek Valley
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
23.25 (at harvest)
24 months in 75% 4-6 year-old French oak barrels, 25% New American oak barrels
Heady aromatics of fresh-picked plum and dried strawberry mingle with hints of brown baking spices. A full-flavored entry showcases a lovely mix of juicy berries — wild blackberry, fresh strawberry and black raspberry — bathed in bright, mouthwatering acidity. The solid structure of mountain grown fruit, with just a hint of mineral essence, appears near the finish as the flavors linger.
Over the years, we have produced a number of different incarnations of the beloved but often neglected Carignane. My father, in the 1990’s, bottled some from old blocks farmed by the Mengali family, and starting in 2000, the Zero Manipulation blend was born. More recently we have been buying Old Vine Carignane from the neighbors at Forchini, and made the decision to plant a small amount in our Estate Bradford Mountain Vineyard, to bottle in select years. Planted in our mineral rich, nutrient deprived mountain soil, the expression this earthy, naturally high toned variety takes on is truly unique.
This is the rare vintage where the Carignane stood alone well enough to bottle on its own. While delicious in the near term, this should develop, soften, and hold its fruit for up to a decade.
Food Pairing Notes
Perfect with barbecued chicken with a side of pesto pasta, or braised short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes.