2017 Rootdown "St. Amant Vineyard" Amador County Trousseau

SKU #1398756

Winemaker's Notes: "This Trousseau sings on the nose with wild green strawberry, delicate violet, and fresh soft herbs straight from a bright summer garden. The palate circles around polished fruit: watermelon, cran-apple, red currant, black cherry, and tart raspberry with lingering dried plum. All the while notes of crunchy pickles offset silky rose petals and dusty black licorice. The 1.8 acres of organically farmed grapes that Rootdown sources in this vineyard were planted in 2004 on Honcut soil (deep, well-drained soil formed into somewhat coarsely textured alluvium from base igneous and granitic rocks) atop floodplains and moderately sloping alluvial fans. Winemaking: I fill small tanks with whole grape clusters (which were harvested in half-ton macrobins) and pump in Co2. The grape clusters remain intact, completely under Co2 for six weeks with no intervention. This tank is completely sealed with only the bottom valve cracked so when pressure builds, liquid escapes, not gas. Full Carbonic. The other thirty percent of the grapes were destemmed after harvest and fermented in a neutral oak tank with daily pump-overs until dry. I blended the oak-fermented, de-stemmed wine with the other 70% after it finished fermentation 6 weeks later."


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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2019 | Send Email
Wow! This is a very fun and different wine, to say the least. Rootdown’s 2017 trousseau is almost pale in color and contains enough alcohol to keep me sober after 2 bottles. (10.6%) The grapes are grown on volcanic soils giving the wine great ashy minerality. The nose has a very distinctive underripe cranberry characteristic along with white pepper and herbs. The mouthfeel is crisp but not tart with just enough tannin to give it volume without any astringency. Wine geek alert! 70 % carbonic ferment. 30% whole cluster fermented in neutral oak.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 10.6
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