Portalupi 2018 Charbono, L. Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Vineyard: L. Venturi Vineyards, Certified Organic.
Vine age: 91 year old vines
Appellation: Mendocino County
Harvest date: 10/23/18
Soil Type: River rap, Pinole, Sandy loam
On aging: 16 Months in American Oak: 40% new, 40% 1 year and 20% 1 year
On fermentation: 100% Malo-Lactic. Unfined, minimal sulfur
Production: 288 Cases
Tasting notes: Rich red and black currants with meat and mushroom undertones. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, rhubarb and dried red rose petals all come into play in the aromatics.
Pairings: The firm acidity yet ample viscosity, and lush, layered fruit, this wine begs for wood flame grilled rib eye steak and is the perfect companion for Northern Italian cuisine.
Cellar potential: drink now or enjoy for 2-4 years
Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah in the Calpella Valley on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist sized stones along the way. Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County. Head-pruned, 90 plus year old vines contribute to this wine’s rustic elegance.