Eletto, Heritage Red, Sonoma County (2016)
Eletto, meaning “the chosen one” pays homage to revered heritage old vine vineyards planted over 100 years ago in Sonoma County. This smooth yet robust Italian “field blend” of over a dozen varieties including Alicante, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Zinfandel, delivers a lavish bouquet balanced with a silky palate, opulent color and a sleek long finish.
This opulent red wine leads with a robust bouquet of pomegranate, boysenberry and lilac. Concentrated flavors of stewed plum, black cherry and truffle emerge from its deep hue evolving to a surprisingly smooth and silky structure. It’s a charismatic field blend with distinctly spicy acidity and a lavishly long finish.
Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.
Eletto, meaning “the chosen one” pays homage to the heritage old vine vineyards planted over 100 years ago. For this vintage winemaker Katie Madigan chose three such vineyards to showcase in this spectacular blend. The Uboldi Vineyard was planted in the early 1900s by the Uboldi family from Italy. They planted some of their five-acre farm with Zinfandel and asked for cuttings from neighbors and friends to fill out the vineyard. Over time the block became a traditional Italian “field blend” of over a dozen varieties including Alicante, Petite Sirah and Carignane along with Zinfandel. This field blend, identified as Mixed Blacks, is picked and fermented together and has distinct characteristics including more structure and acid than traditional Zinfandel.
Along with the Mixed Blacks, Katie chose Zinfandel from the Anacleto Vineyard. Planted in 1906 this Russian River Valley vineyard produces a wine with blackberry characteristics and complex aromas. Rounding out the blend is Zinfandel from the Giovanetti Vineyard. This eight-acre vineyard was originally planted in Carignane in the late 1800s but was grafted over to Zinfandel and Mixed Blacks in 1910. Over 22 different varieties exist in this small vineyard though the majority is Zinfandel. Located in a cooler part of Russian River Valley the Giovanetti Zinfandel adds freshness and bright notes to the wine.
The grapes are hand-sorted and undergo a five-day cold soak before fermentation to extract optimal color and flavor. After primary fermentation, the wine is pumped into 100% French oak barrels, 45% new, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation, followed by 24 months of aging before blending and bottling.
|Wine Style||Bold Red Wine|
|Varietal Composition||56% Mixed Blacks 44% Zinfandel - Anacleto|