2020 Leo Steen Casa Verde Red
Leo Hansen, the Winemaker/Owner, has some thoughts about this wine. Good Thoughts:
My vision for this wine is two fold. Firstly I wanted to bring back a true field blend that had been planted many years ago by the Italian immigrants and enjoyed with family and friends simply as their everyday table wine. Secondly, This wine is reminiscent of my Calpella red table wine, another field blend that I made over 10 years ago.
This is a great site that was brought back to life by long time farmer Peter Chevalier, this is one of those treasures that needed some loving attention rather than being replanted or even worse, pulled out. In the old heartland of Redwood Valley, these 70 plus-year-old head-trained vines are dry-farmed and organically cared for. Planted in sandy - clay loam soil the primary varieties of this vineyard are Grenache and Carignan with some Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and French Colombard sprinkled throughout.
The 2018 growing season produced another exceptional vintage, a wet spring followed by a mild summer allowed the grapes to mature slowly without heat stress. These old organic vines produced a moderate yield of about 2 tons per acre. We hand harvested all varieties together in mid October when the fruit was loaded with concentrated flavors and high acidity.
After sorting we did pigéage on the whole-clusters, before gravity feeding into open top fermenter. Fermented with indigenous yeast and manual punch down twice a day. At dryness we rack off free run juice and used a basket press for gentle extraction.
The wine was aged for a total of 16 months in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel drums. The wine was racked twice during élevage and bottled in March 2020 without fining or filtration.
This alluring wine with an electrical purple hue opens up with inviting notes of strawberry and red cherry followed by dried herbs, hints of red perilla leaf & pepper. The pallet is medium body loaded with red fruit, earthy notes, and personality. The firm, but soft tannins and lively acidity makes for a nicely balanced finish and a candidate for cellaring even though this wine was meant for early drinking and enjoyed as an everyday red table wine.
Only 186 Cases Produced.
USA, California, Mendocino, Redwood Valley
A Field Blend of Grenache and Carignan with some Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and French Colombard
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