Suspiro del Moro Alvarelhão 2015
Private: Forlorn Hope
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation North Coast AVA
Wine Type Red - Still
Vineyard The Silvaspoons Vineyard lies in the Alta Mesa sub-AVA of Lodi.
Soil Sandy over a sandstone shelf.
Viticulture All the vineyard work is done by hand.
Vinification The fruit was hand-picked and fermented with 100% stem inclusion. Vigorous pigeage was undertaken to eliminate the possibility of carbonic maceration -- the Alvarelhão is intensely aromatic and I prefer to let these natural characteristics take the fore without the hallmark notes of carbonic character interfering.
Aging Fermentation lasted 16 days, at which time the wine was pressed down to a combination of stainless steel and 227L barrique. The wine was racked off of its lees at 2 months and saw a total of 6 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. No new oak is utilized, and nothing was added to the must or wine (no cultured yeast, ML bacteria, water, tartaric acid, enzymes, nutrients, etc) with the exception of minimal effective SO2.
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