Vineyard and Region Information: The Ferarri Family Vineyard (formerly known as Woodruff) is a special vineyard site in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines were planted over 40 years ago making it one of the oldest vineyards in this area. The sandy loam soils have great drainage and the vines are 100% dry farmed. The roots no doubt go deep in these sandy soils, and during some major heat stress events that caused problems in other vineyards, these vines hold up great. The vineyard is located in rolling hills of the Corralitos area at the Southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains which are consistently cooled by fog moving in from Monterey Bay and often persisting through the late morning hours.
Vintage Notes: The 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter with several rainstorms spread out between November 2018 through end of May 2019, totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave with temps >100F caused the vines and cover crops to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and the crop was above average.July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. We picked this vineyard on September 21st. All together, a very good growing season.
Wine Notes: This wine was 100% whole-cluster fermented with no additives. It was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, custom toasted for us to ensure transparency and minimal oak impact. It was bottled, as is our practice, without fining or filtration.
A melange of red fruit and baking spices greet the nose. On the palate, the wine is fine textured with weight and density. The beam of acidity carries the cherry and pomegranate fruit long across the palate with the spice notes balancing out the fruit. Given the girth of this wine, one would never guess the 12.8 alcohol. These old vines have often produced powerful wines at a low alcohol and this vintage is no exception. Over the next two days the wine continued to evolve towards a more fruit forward and softer wine. A little more time in bottle will reward one handsomely. A year will add a bit of depth, and a few years should continue to enhance the beauty of this wine.