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 three years ago from a lower block that had poorly drained soil that promoted excessive vine vigor. The block has a north-south rows with a 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. 2013 was a very moderate and dry year.

With a ruby/garnet color showing crimson at the circumference, the 2013 Wentzel has a light-medium body with a great structure. It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and raspberry, with hints of warm spice. The Wentzel is known for its long finish and the 2013 clean, brisk finish with touches of cranberry and fine tannins that beg for pairing with your favorite meal.

Clones: 114, 115, 667 and 777
Harvest/Brix: Harvest date: September 8, 2013 at 23.5 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 16 months in French oak, 50% new (Cadus, tight grain, MT)
Alcohol content: 13.6% by volume
Bottled: February, 2015
Production: 45 cases
Release date: May, 2016

Suggested Retail Price: $47/bottle (750ml)
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