2014 Alexander Valley Primitivo
It is extremely rare to have back to back perfect vintages but 2014 is proving to be just that: perfection. What started out as a normal spring bud break was followed by a moderate, if not ideal growing season. Optimal conditions for ripening resulted in an almost perfect development of flavor, sugar, acid, and structure. The harvest season began slightly early but with perfect fall conditions it was compact and uniform. The season allowed for an almost clockwork style of harvest. The 2014 Trione Primitivo is a perfect example of California Primitivo. The Apulia Italians call the grape Primitivo, Croatians call it Crljenak Kastelanski, and Americans call it Zinfandel. We have a single block of Primitivo on our Home Ranch where this wine originates.
Small open top fermentation vessels were used. The grapes were placed in the tanks primarily whole, without crushing, to retain more berry fruit character in the final wine. The cap was hand plunged up to 4 times per day to mix the skins in with the fermenting juice. A special selection of yeast was used for the fermentation that was sourced from a native fermentation of Rockpile Appellation Syrah. The yeast is tolerant of high alcohol and produces esters with rich, dark blackberry aromas. 579 cases were produced.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Brambly, sweet scented briar patch, blackberries and raspberry jam are the first impressions that come to mind. The 2014 Trione Primitivo is rich, lingering on the palate and a great example of Alexander Valley Primitivo. Drink now or cellar for the next 3-5 years.