Oppenlander Vineyard is well off the beaten path in Mendocino County outside of the town of Comptche. It’s about eight and a half miles from the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies at an elevation of 250 feet. Oppenlander is owned by the Shandel family, 5th generation owners of the property, and was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by their ancestors from Denmark (via the Gold Rush in Australia). The vineyard sees consistently cool temperatures across the growing season and is harvested later than other regions. This cooler temperature range and coastal proximity can deliver a certain “oceanic acidity,” lending structure and complexity to the wine.

Our fourth bottling from this coastal vineyard delivers great minerality, red cherry fruit core and a buoyant body that is showing some interesting layers. The beautiful ruby hue with a violet tinge is characteristic of this vineyard. The nose shows intensity of black fruits, clove, and a touch of oak.  The palate reveals blackberry, fig, and star anise.  Balanced by bright acidity and fine-grained ripe tannins, the brambly fruit carries though the long finish.

Clones: 114, 115, Pommard
Harvest/Brix: September 19, 2013 (Pommard, 114, 115), September 29, 2013 (Pommard, 114) at average 23.5 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry
Fermentation: inoculated, D524
Barrel aging: 16 months in 1-, 2-year old new (Sirugue) & neutral French oak
Alcohol content: 13.6% by volume
Bottled: February, 2015
Production: 153 cases
Release date: November, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: $44/bottle (750ml)
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