Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley

Nash Mill vineyard is located on a southern profile in the Eastern hills at the cool northern end of the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. Its location is within a large cold air drainage which further moderates temperatures and slows grape ripening. The typical harvest at Nash Mill is about 2 weeks later than many other vineyards in the Anderson Valley.

The vineyard is owned by Mark and Katie Wentworth, who also own Wentworth Vineyard, a new vineyard located in Elk, CA. Nash Mill vineyard is farmed with an emphasis on balance. The use of irrigation, fertilizers and cover crops is tuned to devigorate the strong zones and build strength in the weaker areas. Since the property includes Mill Creek, a healthy salmon fishery, the Vineyard uses Fish Friendly practices and was certified in 2010.

True vintage after vintage, the pale garnet color of Nash Mill is deceptive with regard to the wine’s power.  The nose has laser precision in its aromas of blackberry and black currant and is layered with spice aromas of anise, clove and a hint of bay leaf.  On the palate, blackberry and black plum are supported by the generous body of the wine and zingy acidity.  The textured finish offers continuity of the fruit and spice as well as plush tannins and notes of cedar.  A more lush style within our lineup, this wine will pair well with bolder fare such as prime rib.  Enjoy this wine now and over the next 3-5 years.

Clones: Dijon 115, 667; Pommard
Harvest/Brix: September 18, 2014 at 26.5 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 11 months in French oak, 33% new (Remond, MTL, Bertrange)
Alcohol content: 14.5% by volume
Bottled: August, 2015
Production: 67 cases
Release date: November, 2016

Suggested Retail Price: $40/bottle (750ml)
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