Lodi (Mokelumne River)
Part wild, part inoculated
This southern Italian Variety contains aromas of melons and buttered pecans, very perfumed and floral. It is fresh on the palate with vibrant notes of sea-stone and a tangy finish.
Best in Show White, 94 Points, Double Gold at the 2019 Las Vegas Global Wine Awards | 90 Points, Gold at the 2019 San Diego Wine Challenge
Estate Grown, this varietal is particularly special to the owners (Panella Family) because it originated in Avellino, Italy. Inland from Naples, this southern Italian province is where the Panella family comes from. Lodi shares some similarities with Southern Italy when it come to climate, and as a result, Fiano seems to be a fantastic fit here on the Northwest side of our estate. The vines are trained on VSP (vertical shoot position) trellis system. Some leaf removal took place on the north side of the rows to help with air flow. A large amount of cropped was thinned (dropped on the ground) to help maintain a balance and increase flavor to the remaining fruit.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently whole cluster pressed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank. Next, the juice was racked and split into two tanks. One was fermented naturally (native yeast) the other was inoculated with cultured yeast. After a long cool fermentation, the wine was transferred to neutral oak barrels for a short aging period on light lees with no stirring.