San Diego County (Dulzura, CA)
Valentina Vineyard (Non-certified Organic, Zero Herbicides)
35% Nebbiolo, 24% Petite Sirah (Durif), 21% Syrah, 20% Zinfandel,
Bing cherry, blackberry jam, white pepper, and roses. High acidity, medium body, medium tannins.
Grapes harvested and destemmed between 9/15 and 10/5 of 2021. Syrah and Petite Sirah were crushed; Nebbiolo and Zinfandel were not. All spontaneous fermentations. Grapes were pressed on a long, slow cycle in separate lots between 6 and 9 days after harvest. Portions of free run and early press cuts blended. Aged in neutral vessels. Months after fermentations complete, wine racked, sulfited (50 ppm), and bottled June 19, 2022.
A sibling to the sparkling Darkstar (same harvest, different press cut and vinting). Enjoyed best between fridge and cellar temperatures.
Morse code: “Throw Your Hands Up”