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Appellation: San Diego County, Warner Springs
Vineyard: Orrin Vineyard, 3300 feet, Alluvial decomposed granite
Varieties: 47% Syrah, 53% Zinfandel; self-rooted
Harvest: Syrah on August 17, 2017; Zinfandel on August 27, 2017
Fermentation: Wild Yeast and Malolactic
Production: 100 cases
Just ripe blackberries, raspberries, red plum and creosote bush. Dry. Tingly bubbles. Recommend serving at 38–42 °F.
Clusters de-stemmed into small open-top bins. Whole berry, wild yeast and malolactic fermentation. Twice daily punch downs. Pressed after five days for the Syrah, and four days for the Zinfandel – only free-run and early press fractions used. Wines combined at press, and fermentation finished in Charmat tank without addition of sugar or yeast – all carbonation comes from the natural, primary fermentation. No acidulation or other “corrections”. Cold settled, and bottled unfiltered off gross lees on 5/15/2018.
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