2019 Nero d’Avola – Redtail Vineyard
Redtail Vineyard . Jahant AVA
Nero d’Avola is a unique Sicilian varietal with a strong natural acidity and sweet tannins. Our 2019 vintage presents both these qualities in a light bodied yet robust, fruit-driven wine. The bouquet jumps out of the glass with aromas of ripe strawberry, light spice, and a jammy note reminiscent of fruit leather. These strong notes are rounded out by a gentle wave of zesty acidity. On the finish, the slightly sweet tannins smooth and soften the mouthfeel leaving behind a long, flavorful finish.
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Sustainable Viticulture|
|TRELLISING||Wide T Vertical Shoot Positioning|
|HARVEST DATE||September 28, 2019|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||24.6°|
|AGING||Neutral French Oak; 22 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||May 17, 2022|
In 2012 the Redtail Vineyard was planted adjacent to our winery in the heart of the Jahant AVA. The 3.62 acre block has open vines with small canopies allowing filtered sunlight to uniformly ripen clusters.
The 2019 growing season brought above-average winter rainfall that transitioned into a mildly-cold and wet early spring. The first sign of bud-break was slightly later than prior years, however, with a very warm April our vines responded with rapid growth. May arrived with a strong winter-like storm dropping between two and three inches of rain causing fast growing canopies that required leaf pulling and trimming to open the vine for even ripening. Verasion progressed steadily to harvest which began at the end of July and continued through October, where on average there was moderate daytime warmth and cool evenings that helped retain the winegrapes’ freshness.
Jahant AVA – Located in the center of the Lodi AVA, the Jahant AVA is geographically the smallest of Lodi’s seven AVAs – a total size of 28,000 acres, with roughly 9,000 acres planted to vineyard. It sits on highly dissected river terraces and old floodplain deposits. The classic Mediterranean climate has Delta fog influence, and receives cold air drainage and entrapment within our vineyards.