This Bordeaux style blend has an alluring nose of chocolate covered strawberries, dark plum, nutmeg and tea leaves. On the palate, it has a broad, yet elegant entry and offers flavors of blackberry, cigar box, and leather. The powerful tannins and rich dark fruits balance together in this superb wine. The wine is full bodied and has a long finish with refined and silky tannins.
All the varietals that make up this blend are grown on our estate which is located in the Mokelumne River Sub AVA of the Lodi Appellation. The vineyard is sustainable farmed and certified green under Lodi Rules. All of varietals in this blend were planted in 2014 using a vertical shoot position trellis system. The soil is a well drained, sandy loam. The crop load was thinned prior to veraison and leaves were pull on the north side of the vine to promote healthy clusters.
Grapes for all these lots were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for cold soak. Must was inoculated with some carefully selected yeast strains and fermentation was done in tank. Aged 20 months in oak barrels, approximately 30% new French & American oak.
This wine was named “Genevieve” in honor of Co-Owner
Dorothy Panella’s French mother, her name was Genevieve. A French style wine named after a wonderful French born woman.