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Producer: Oak Ridge WineryGrape Varieties: Petite Sirah 76%, Zinfandel 13%, Rubired 10%, Other Varieties 1%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Fruit forward rich red with some oak complexityAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: CorkCountry: USA
This richly coloured wine offers opulent notes of ripe blackberry fruit with nuances of smoky bacon, vanilla and wild herbs, juicy and inviting.
For five generations the Maggio family has been growing wine grapes in Lodi, and providing elite California winemakers with superb fruit to make their wines. In 2002, the family turned their own hand to winemaking, using the same estate grown fruit that they had sold for so many years. Now they proudly put their name on bottles that reflect their long and uncompromising commitments to sustainable agriculture and winemaking excellence.
2016 saw an excellent growing season. A mild winter and spring led to warm days and cool nights in the summer, creating the ideal balance between acidity and concentrated fruit flavours. Late rains affected much of the area at harvest time, but fortunately these vines were not affected.
The winemaking philosophy at Oak Ridge honours the importance of finding balance between the land and the makers, beginning first with growing quality grapes. Maggio has become part of the Lodi Rules initiative, which guides sustainable farming practices. Created by farmers it was initially launched as a grassroots educational integrated pest management programme in 1992. Recognising the importance of the ecosystem and biodiversity in the vineyard, it includes pest management initiatives, such as introducing natural predators, which minimises the risks to birds, bees, water and people. Water is carefully managed to ensure efficiency and waste is limited. The soils are treated with organic matter and are cultivated to maximise water penetration to sustain the vine’s roots. As a result the grapes are concentrated with flavour, which translates into fruit forward, expressive wines.
Each variety was vinified separately to bring out the potential of each lot. The Petite Sirah (a synonym for Durif) grapes underwent a pre-fermentation cold soak for 48 hours. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with a specially selected yeast. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 21 to 26°C, during which the wine underwent twice daily pump overs reducing to one pump-over as the Brix level lowered. The wine was pressed and racked off its lees before undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured with oak influence for 10 months adding complexity to the resulting blend.
This richly coloured wine offers opulent notes of dark berried fruit and blueberry, with nuances of black pepper, fine cocoa and vanilla. Showing lovely balance, the ripe fruit is enveloped in elegant tannins through to a lingering finish.
Petite Sirah 76%, Zinfandel 13%, Rubired 10%, Other Varieties 1%
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