(Archive) CARIGNANE 2018 Estate Gannon Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Candy apple red. Fruit basket of aromas. Black berry, boysenberry, fresh prune, cranberry, dried strawberry, black olive, thyme, cocoa, cinnamon. Balanced medium body. Dusty tannins.
The Grape: The grape was once very common in California with a large number of acres planted. But most of this variety was pulled out to replant to the now well know varieties. A grape that I respect for its full fruit character spiced with earth and tannin. Some don't like to grow it because it susceptible to powdery mildew when planted in the wrong place.
The Vineyard: Frick Estate Gannon Vineyard, the section on the south facing slope across the gully from the tasting house. A long day of sun exposure and red clay soil makes the site ideal for Carignane.
The Wine: A rare 100% carignane wine. In this wine you will discover the intrigue of carignane on its own. A unique, memorable character. Subtle and elegant in style from an old-fashioned classic grape.
Drink now through 2030. 71 cases made.
Serve with: minestrone soup, pastor tacos, smoked gouda, spaghetti squash, osso bucco, macaroni & cheese, braised lamb shank, lentil soup, dal, bbq chicken thighs, mushroom risotto, smoked trout, margarita pizza, BLT sandwich, steak au poivre, spinach soufflé