WENTZEL VINEYARD, ANDERSON VALLEY

At a roughly 900 foot elevation near Philo, Roland and Barbara Wentzel’s10-acre vineyard is organically farmed within an expansive 300+ acre forested property.
The particular plot of land that we get our fruit from is called “the clos,” as it is a fenced-in block situated up the hill. It’s a tiny block – less than an acre – that consists of vines transplanted in 2004 from a lower block that had poorly drained soil that promoted excessive vine vigor. The block has north-south rows with a north-west orientation, terraced up a steep hillside, so the grapes benefit from the long afternoon sunlight, tempered by cool offshore breezes.

The clos at Wentzel Vineyard has Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 – all within a block that is less than an acre. It's a pretty small block, so to complete the ton we also get fruit from the nearby Lookout block, Dijon 667 clone. 2012 was a very moderate year - some call it the "Goldilocks" vintage. Not too warm, not too cool, but just right. The clusters were tight with medium-sized berries.

With a ruby/garnet color, the 2012 Wentzel has a light-medium body with a nervy tension. It opens with aromas of raspberry, blackberry and hints of forest floor. The Wentzel is known for its long finish and the 2012 does not disappoint with a clean, brisk and fine tannin finish that lingers with a savory mushroom note.

Clones: 114, 115, 667 and 777
Harvest/Brix: September 24, 2012 at 23.5 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 16 months in French oak, 25% new (Cadus, tight grain, MT)
Alcohol content: 13.5% by volume
Bottled: February, 2014
Production: 48 cases
Release date: October, 2014

Suggested Retail Price: $45/bottle (750ml)
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