Vineyard: Established as an American Viticultural Area in 1985, Clarksburg is located along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, which pulls in ocean breezes and creates a cool maritime climate. Scribner Bend Vineyard is situated ideally on the inside of a 90-degree turn in the river, fostering constant airflow that slows ripening on the low-yielding Fiano vines. The low-draining Sycamore soil - a fine, silty clay loam - keeps the perfect harmony between vine health and stress in this dry region, and ultimately produces a complex and balanced wine.
Winemaking: The grapes were initially foot crushed and left to soak on skins and stems for a few hours before bring whole cluster pressed. Racked into clay amphora (60%) and neutral French oak (40%), the wine began fermentation spontaneously with wild yeast a few days later. In these same vessels, the wine finished both primary and malolactic fermentation, and then aged on the lees for 5 months before being blended together, filtered, and bottled.
Vintage: The 2019 growing season began with heavy rains in March and April, which allowed soils to store up plenty of water to weather the dramatic heat spikes we witnessed in June and mid-August. Other than those brief events, the vintage was relatively mild and we were able to take advantage of the extended growing season from this unique riverside site. By far our longest hanging white grapes, the Fiano was picked on October 15th and yielded grapes with lush texture and bright acids.