The first vineyards planted in the Anderson Valley region were planted by Italian immigrants bringing along with them traditions from their homeland. Zinfandel, Primitivo, Petite Sirah, Alicante, and Carignane were planted in field blends hoping that at least one would be successful to always have a supply of wine for the table. These vineyards survived prohibition by making sacramental wine and providing retreats for city folk. Many of these pioneer vineyards still exist in the Mendocino Ridge appellation. Warm days and cold nights allow these varietals to survive at elevation that would not ripen in the valley. These wines have incredible high tone fruity character with a noticeable acid backbone. This blend has small amounts of Petite Sirah (12.5%) and Syrah (6.25%) to add some complexity and fleshiness. Aromas of brambly berries, toasty caramel, hints of chestnut and saddle leather. Warm and inviting on the palate with dark boysenberry, black plum, tar, sage, and anise. Full on
the palate with cleansing acidity to focus the long finish.
Cases produced 362, Alcohol 14.9%, titratable acidity 6.2 g/L, pH 3.66