2014 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié
Valdiguié is a very large-berried variety, requiring extra vigilance from our Greenfield vineyard team to prune to only one bud per spur and to aggressively thin any extra shoots pushing from the cordon. Otherwise, yields are too high and ripening becomes difficult for this late-maturing variety. In our winemaking, the goal is to preserve the varietal’s wonderful natural acidity and fresh fruit character. We incorporate two different fermentation techniques to achieve this. In 2013, we hand-picked roughly a quarter of the fruit and put those whole clusters directly into the fermenters in a winemaking process called carbonic maceration – no yeast or pumping over of the whole clusters is performed. The other techniques include gently de-stemming the fruit going to the fermenter, pumping over and extracting with fairly short, warm fermentations. These processes give the wine a remarkable similarity to the wines of Beaujolais, with enticing berry fruit flavors, a vibrant color and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged in order to preserve bright acidity and fruit character.
Our Valdiguié is grown on Chualar loam soil in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Originally thought to be the Gamay Noir grape of France’s Beaujolais winegrowing region, U.C. Davis has since identified this grape to be Valdiguié from an area in the southwest of France. Regardless of its origin and identity, Valdiguié grown in the windy, cold Arroyo Seco produces a wine reminiscent of the “Crus” of Beaujolais – Morgon, Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent.
|Origin:||Monterey AVA, Monterey County, CA|
|Harvest Date:||October 23rd and 24th, 2014|
|Brix at Harvest:||21.8° Brix average|
|Vinification:||Fermentation: Stainless steel, 72% traditional red wine fermentation to 85°F and 28% light press from carbonic maceration (whole cluster fermented) Maceration: Traditional fermentation portion was 5 days on skins while the carbonic maceration was 14 days to pressingMaturation: Aged 4 months in stainless steel tanks|
|Bottling Chemistries:||PH: 3.33|
|Total Acidity: 0.61 g/100ml|
|Alcohol: 12.8% by volume|
|Residual Sugar:0.6 g/100ml|
|Cellaring:||Best enjoyed within four years|
Reflecting an exceptionally warm vintage in this cool climate growing area, the 2014 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié is a deeply pigmented red-purple color with profuse cranberry, cherry and black pepper aromas. The juicy palate is coated with pomegranate and raspberry fruit, leaving a sweet and mildly astringent finish. Serve chilled, and drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage!
—Steve Peck, winemaker
Serve chilled with duck confit salad or as a complement to a charcuterie plate of Serrano ham, peppered salami, cornichon and hard cheese.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Pomegranate, cranberry and black pepper aromas with a sweet, juicy finish.
Price: $10.00 750ml
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