This wine comes from unbelievably old vines in the Bechtoldt block in
central Lodi. The
vines are Black Malvasia (or Malvasia Nera, or Cinsault), on their own
roots, planted in
about 1850. It boggles the mind. The fruit is big—almost like duck
eggs!—and purple black
like big neapoliatan eggplants. Very beautiful, but not
So in our
ignorance, we bled the crap out of the fruit—about 50% of the expected
yield of wine. We
fermented the somewhat crushed clusters whole, punching them down at
least 3 times per day.
The wine never seemed great. But meanwhile, we had saved the bleed
and were fermenting
it in a nice stainless steel barrel. It went dry withing days and was
first charming and
then impressive. Our favorite wine of the harvest for weeks; a great
maker of friends and
slayer of enemies.
About 14 cases and 6 double-magnums were produced.