Sheldon 2018 Graciano
Luc’s Vineyard | Fountaingrove AVA | organically farmed
50 Cases captured into bottle
The Sexy Stuff:
"Sheldon’s 2018 Graciano is very deeply hued with an electric purple/magenta and garnet color and is densely fruit filled with a medium-full body and layered with blackberry, plum, cherry and red currant fruits along with hints of briar spiciness, grilled fennel, mineral, and lovely floral perfume; it later adds a touch of blueberry, violet, and cinnamon. This Graciano has a forward personality and expressive dark character with bright and zesty energy making it great with a wide array of cuisine choices from hard cheeses and Spanish ham to a rack of lamb or wild mushroom dishes." - 94 POINTS - Grapelive
Originating in the Rioja region this ancient and rare varietal is uncommon to find in a pure form even in its homeland. The few examples that exist are generally aged in new american oak barrel which tends to mask its true character. There are a few examples however that can be found of the unadulterated grape, they are truly fascinating and remarkably food versatile. There are always three distinct points that define Graciano, Spice-Floral-Savory. We leave about 50% of the clusters whole and ferment at low temperatures to retain the more delicate aromatics. No fining or filtration is used. The wine completes ML in neutral barrel, after a few months we rack into stainless steel until kegging/bottling in the spring. Notes on the 2018: White pepper, coriander, pomegranate, rose petal, rhubarb, gravel, meyer lemon pith. Medium to light-bodied. Bright acidity.
The Geeky Stuff:
hand-harvested on October 3rd, 2018
with an average of 22.5 brix.
1/2 ton open top macro-bin fermentation
100% Neutral French Oak
pH 3.45 | TA .65 | ALC 12.7%
About The Vineyard:
Luc’s Vineyard is planted on a west facing hillside on volcanic soils. To the best of my knowledge this is the only Graciano being grown in this part of Sonoma County, and as there are only about 30 acres total in the State it is a rare creature indeed. The single acre vineyard is on a bi-lateral cordon trellis and tends to produce around 2.5 tons total. Split between Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo and Syrah. It was planted in 2010 and has been organically farmed since day one.