Vineyard: Straddling the Napa-Sonoma County line in the Carneros region is Francis Mahoney’s Las Brisas Vineyard. A cool climate growing region, Carneros sits along the northern reaches of San Pablo Bay and benefits from coastal breezes and fog that mitigate the hot summer sun. Situated on sandy silt and gravel, it is a beautiful site for white wines, mimicking the terroir on the coasts and islands of the Mediterranean Sea where Vermentino originates.
Winemaking: With the goal of producing a crisp, clean expression of this varietal, the fruit was pressed whole cluster into a settling tank, and then racked into a mix of 25% neutral French oak and 75% stainless steel barrels for fermentation. Both primary and malolactic fermentation occurred spontaneously in these vessels with wild yeast, and the wine rested on its lees for 6 months before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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 breezy site. Evenly ripened and beautifully balanced Vermentino with concentrated flavor was harvested on September 27th at 21.7 degrees Brix and 3.35 pH.