2021 Red Blend – Redtail Vineyard
Redtail Vineyard . Jahant AVA
Our first single vineyard blend offers a bouquet that strikes a beautiful balance between old and new world. Lush notes akin to mixed berry are accented with a graphite-like tinge. As it opens, swirls of violet and orange zest join the bouquet. On the palate, a zesty minerality compliments the bright tones and gives way to a slow buildup of subtle spice and oak towards the finish.
|Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock.
|Bilateral Cordon, Open Vertical Shoot Positioning
|American & French Oak; 3-11 Months
|May 24, 2023
The Redtail Vineyard is located adjacent to our winery in the heart of the Jahant AVA. The 31.75 acres are comprised of Ancellotta, Nero d’Avola, and Primitivo.
The 2021 vintage brought us the earliest start of harvest we’ve experienced, with our crews starting on July 26th. After our white and early red varietals were brought in to the winery, many of our red varietals were predicted to reach maturity at the same time. The compaction of the second half of the harvest season became both a challenge and priority for us. As Fall approached, the smaller fruit set, paired with consistently higher temperatures caused many red varietals to mature rapidly. Varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petite Sirah came off three weeks sooner than average, with slightly higher brix than targeted, although with good acidity. With all said and done, the vintage came in smaller than expected, though with outstanding quality that we are thrilled to present.
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.