2019 Caro Nonno “The Irishman’s Red” Bennett Valley
85% Syrah, 15% Zinfandel
Our 2019 Caro Nonno “The Irishman’s Red” comes from Bennett Valley Syrah, and a small touch of Napa Valley Zinfandel. The Syrah comes from the Vivio Vineyard on a hillside of Bennett Valley where the grapes have cool mornings and evenings, and hot afternoon sun. The long growing season of this vineyard allows the fruit to develop past green flavors and accentuate notes of blackberry and black pepper. The grapes were harvested on October 25, 2019 and were fermented on the skins for 14 days. After going through a gentle bladder press, the wine was aged in barrel for 22 months in 40% new French oak, and 60% used French oak. The small blend of Zinfandel in this wine adds a perceived sweetness that balances the depth and acidity of the Syrah beautifully. The smooth tannins make it easy to drink now, but the medium-heavy body will allow it to age for years.