Floral and citrus aromas on the nose lead to a powerful and heady attack. The weight balances beautifully with the acid on the finish.
Produced from two of the most interesting and expressive grapes on the planet (Marsanne and Roussanne). It is fermented and aged entirely in barrel to bring out the beauty and weight of the grapes. This wine retains its freshness while having the intense aroma and flavor that we love from Rhone whites.
The Bonfiglio Vineyard is located on the banks of the Russian River as it winds from Ukiah Valley down towards the town of Hopland. It is surrounded by several species of oak, madrone and elderberry. This makes it a fantastic location for mushroom foraging! The vineyard typically sees diurnal temperature swings of 50 degrees. This extreme fluctuation allows the grapes to fully ripen while maintaining natural acidity.
The vineyard is certified organic and has been since inception. The 15-25 year old vines run in very long rows parallel to the River. Glenn, the vineyard owner and manager, is a UC Davis professor. His farming techniques combine cutting edge science with traditional organic farming techniques.
2019 was an excellent vintage, particularly for those of us who love restrained wines. Cool and constant temperatures made for slow and steady ripening. This is a vintage which harkens back to the fantastic California vintages of the 80’s and early 90’s.
The Marsanne and Roussanne were pressed into the same tank and began a native ferment. After a few days of homogenization in the tank, the fermenting wine was moved to neutral French oak barrels where it completed primary and malolactic fermentation before a 6-month elevage sur lie. Next the wine was racked to tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Produced by Kivelstadt Cellars
Sonoma Roadside 2019 Roussanne
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