Sonoma Valley White Wine 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Wine Type White - Still
Varietals 45% Malvasia Bianca, 30% Ribolla Gialla, 25% Tocai Friulano
Vineyard Tocai Friulano old vine (1908) - Pagani Ranch, Sonoma Valley
"We source our Tocai Friulano grapes from hystoric Pagani Ranch in the heart of the Valley of the Moon. This contract was also achieved through endurance, this time the person to beg was owner Dino Amantite, who could finally not resist the call of his Italian heritage.
The Ranch was turned to viticulture in the 1880s by Felice Pagani, Dino’s grandfather. The vines are head-trained. Modern farming techniques are slightly hindered here, due to the narrow spaces between plantings, which is a reminiscence of the times when the vineyard work used to be carried out by the pull of a horse. Each plant is unique, with its own orientation, yield and eventual problematics, and needs to be individually tended to. On our first season working with the Tocai Friulano, Dino’s mom, Norma, showed Enrico how to properly hand-prune the plants, which she meticulously does every year.
Here the mystic Sonoma Valley is at its maximum splendor, the grape trees surging over red and dusty soil of volcanic composition, washed down from the Sonoma Mountain Range." - Enrico & Letizia
// Malvasia Bianca - Catie’s Corner vineyard, Russian River Valley
"Our Malvasia Bianca is grown on Catie’s Corner vineyard in Russian River. When we first started making wines in 2007, the first door we knocked on was Saralee Kunde’s, one of Sonoma County’s most respected winegrowers and a real pioneer that enjoyed propagating new and unusual grape varietals along more traditional ones. Luckily, she believed in our project at first sight. Before she left, she grafted little under one acre of Malvasia Bianca for our own use. We will never be grateful enough for her believing in us and leaving this legacy, and for having met her at all." - Enrico & Letizia
// Ribolla Gialla - Tanya’s vineyard, Russian River valley
"Russian River’s Tanya’s Vineyard is home to one of the still rare patches of Ribolla Gialla in the New World. Here, viticulturist Chris Bowland is doing an admirable work with non-mainstream white grapes and sustainable agricultural techniques.
The region’s climate again works its magic by keeping things cool late in the growing season. Our ways around wine-making surely keep our wonderful growers on their toes, as the weeks go by and our grapes are the only ones still hanging from the vines. But good things come to those who wait, therefore we are very grateful for Chris’ polite patience and flexibility with us every year. Our wines owe much to such expertise and masterful agricultural background." - Enrico & Letizia
Soil Pagani Ranch - Dusty volcanic / Catie's Corner Vineyard - Sandy loam, Alluvial / Tanya's Vineyard - Alluvial
Vinification 24 hours of skin contact for the Malvasia, 12 hours for the Tocai and the Ribolla, followed by light pressing and native fermentation in puncheons (20% new). Post fermentation, batonnage every week for the first 3 months, than every 2 weeks.
Production 297 cases
Publication Vinous Rating 92
The 2016 White Wine is a blend of 45% Malvasia, 30% Ribolla and 25% Tocai. Creamy, supple and inviting, the White Wine offers lovely textural richness that balances the exotic floral aromatics and citrus/tropically-leaning fruits. A white of body and substance, the 2016 is an ideal partner at the dinner table.
– Antonio Galloni, July 2018