The 2022 Lorenza Cinsaut is a velvety ruby red color with aromas of mountain strawberries, kumquat, cinnamon, cardamon and clove. Delicate and energetic, the wine washes over the palate with dried strawberries, baking spices, dried herbs. Finish is bright and juicy. We recommend serving this wine slightly chilled.
VINEYARD: Since you're following us, likely you've heard about the legendary Bechthold Vineyard which has been our long term source of Cinsaut, a small yet revered component in our rosé. This historic, organically farmed, 12 acre vineyard was planted in 1886 on its own roots in sandy alluvial soil on the west side of the Mokelumne River. This land in the previous century was planted to watermelons which appear as legacy volunteers between the gnarled vines just before harvest. A privilege to purchase grapes from this vineyard for our Rosé since 2009, this is our second vintage of red wine from these gnarled old vines.
Cinsaut is a juicy grape with low tannins and, like other varieties we make, not widely planted in California.
WINEMAKING: We pulled fruit from our section of the vineyard along with a bin and a half from the eastern section on the morning of September 5. Gently de-stemmed, the fruit was fermented in a short stainless steel tank with twice daily punch downs and drained post fermentation. 100% free run juice rested in neutral oak and stainless steel and aged for 9 months before bottling on May 23, 2023. 100 cases produced.
STATS: 100% Cinsaut, organically farmed
Bechthold Vineyard, Mokelumne River - Lodi AVA
Aged in neutral oak + stainless steel barrels for 9 months, 12.0% alc.
Bottled May 23, 2023
105 cases produced
Winter 2024 Release