2014 Carignane



2014 Carignane Mendocino - Calder Wine Company
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The 2014 Carignane combines two separate vineyards, both farmed by the Colombini family in Mendocino County. The majority of the blend comes from the Road I block (the sole source for the wine in 2012 and 2013), planted in 1942 at 900 feet of elevation on the eastern bench of Redwood Valley. The remainder comes from the dry-farmed vines of the Cemetery block in the Ukiah Valley, planted in 1953. Its curious name derives from the fact that the only access to it is through the main gate of the Ukiah city cemetery! Both sites are brilliant in their own way: Road I contributes sheer density and savory intensity, while Cemetery provides bright fruit, precision, and lift—qualities that are highly valued in a warm, exceptionally dry vintage like 2014.

The end result of joining these two blocks of old vines is a wine with depth, dark fruit, and intense, savory flavors, balanced by plenty of freshening acidity.

Winemaking:  4.218 tons were harvested from the Road I block early on September 11th, 2014, sorted, and destemmed. Fermentation began spontaneously three days later and continued at a warm, brisk pace for another 10 days, during which the wines were punched down 1-2 times per day. After pressing, the wines were barreled down into 8 neutral barrels and 2 new American oak barrels (~16% new).

On September 21st, 1.377 tons were harvested from the Cemetery block, sorted, destemmed, and covered with Argon gas. The grapes received a 3-day cold soak under inert gas before starting fermentation, which proceeded in a much cooler and slower fashion than the Road I, finishing 3 weeks later. After this, the wine was pressed and barreled down to 3 neutral barrels and 1 1-year-old barrel.

The two lots aged separately for 9 months before blending, and were bottled on October 29th, 2015 with neither fining nor filtration.

  • Blend 100% Carignane
  • Country
  • Region Mendocino
  • Sub-Region Redwood and Ukiah Valleys
  • Appellation Mendocino
  • Vineyard 72% Road I Vineyard, 28% Cemetery Vineyard
  • Aging/Cooperage 12 months (14% new)
  • Alcohol 13.6%
  • PH 3.45
  • TA 0.686g/100mLs
  • Production 274 cases