Onward Wines 2014 Casa Roja Vineyard Carignane

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Winemaker's Notes: "The aromas open with fresh fruits: sun-drenched brambleberries and plum, moving into spiced fruit compote, warm plum upside-down cake, while hints of rose wood and violets dance about the palate which is velvety, with lush tannins and a vibrant acidity to bring it all together.

This wine is full of plush, dark fruit and baking spice. She is complex and layered but greets you the way a beloved grandmother would, with open arms.

Casa Roja is an historic field blended block that I have absolutely fallen head over heals in love with. I work with the entire vineyard. This is one of the oldest vineyards in the area. It was planted in the late 1800’s, and while it is over 90 percent Carignane it also has some Mourvèdre and Malvasia Nero interplanted in the block! A classic old-world style showing up in California, this site is like walking on a beach as it sits on 100 percent sandy soils, giving rise to smaller, hardy bush vines. The vines are trained so the fruit is shaded from the wind and sun and the result is an intensity of flavors that opens to black fruits with a soft lushness due to the maturity of the tannins and the intensity of the site. Casa Roja sits at 20 feet elevation, just inland from the San Francisco and Suisun bays at the entrance to the Sacramento Delta. The maritime influence is remarkable and a wonderful contrast from the warm daytime temperatures, giving rise to a 60 degree diurnal shift that allows for early ripening while maintaining vibrancy. This Carignane is showcased both individually in the Onward Casa Roja Vineyard Carignane and as a blend in the Farmstrong Field Red."


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