2012 FTP Kirschenmann Vineyard
This is our first wine from the vineyard of our dear friend and teacher, Tegan Passalaqua. The vineyard is located on the beautiful banks of the Mokelumne river as it flows through the sandstone soils of eastern Lodi. The vines are 35 years old and consist of Pinot Gris. We fermented the wine with 15 percent whole clusters submerged in the juice; the result is copper in color but not tannic in feel. The wine is delicate and subtle, with the surprising high acidity of older vines on good soil in Lodi. (The acronymic name of the wine descends from a hallowed tradition of giving a wine the grower's initials as a designation in the winery; the prefix "F" indicates the intensity of respect and affection.).