2011 Carignane Cusumano Ranch Lodi
VINEYARDS & TERROIRS
Cusumano Ranch. The Carignane vines are planted in San Joaquin loam soils. The vines are head-pruned and farmed with a low impact to the environment. Out of respect for the ongoing water deficit, the vineyard is minimally irrigated throughout the season, which increases grape flavor and concentration.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed. Primary fermentation lasts for two weeks, during which time the must macerates with the skins and undergoes manual punch-downs three times per day. The wine is then pressed and racked into tanks for two months to allow malolactic fermentation to finish. Once finished, the wine is moved into barrel, where it ages for 18 months in 40% new French oak barrels, and 60% in third-year French oak barrels. The Carignane is bottled unfined and lightly filtered before release.
TASTING NOTES & PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Carignane’s origins began in the France’s Rhone Valley, where it is known as a blending grape. Further to the SW in the region of the Languedoc, the varietal gets center stage as the primary grape in most reds. We’ve tried to capture that spirit with Lodi’s terroir, and we like what we taste. Aromatic, slightly briny and chock-full of robust blackberry and raspberry notes, our Lodi Carignane also has great freshness and smooth, satiny finish.