2014 Eaglepoint Ranch Mendocino County Sangiovese
The 2014 growing season in Mendocino County was absolutely spectacular. Nice long hang time in the hot afternoon sun with cold nights to keep the vines happy and healthy. We were a little concerned the rains might come before picking, but we were able to pull the beautiful fruit off just in time. And we are pleased to announce that Eaglepoint Ranch has finally received the Certified Organic stamp of approval. We approved of the fruit before because the owner, Roland Wentzel, has been farming organically for years, but now it’s official. Hooray!
On the 9th of October we picked about 3.79 tons from our mountaintop block I call the mixed bag of clones. In the winery we sort and de-stem and put the whole berries into open topped Macro bins layered with dry ice for a 4-6 day cold soak. Once the bins are pulled out in the sun to warm up the yeasts begin their work. During this natural fermentation the must is punched down and/ or pumped over 2 - 3 times a day until the wine is dry. All of the wine was then pumped into 50 % new French oak barrels and left to age for about 11 months.
This wine has such a delicate balance between big and bold and soft and elegant. The tannins are definitely pronounced (that mountain fruit) but there is just enough acid and ripeness to soften them up. It is juicy with a lingering finish of dried cherries, black licorice and plum compote.
200 cases produced