This is a remarkable wine, made from old vines planted about 1912 at the Galleano home ranch, for the production of California Port.
There is a large section of the vineyard, planted to Palomino and a red fruit that Domenic Galleano calls "Mataro." All of the vines, red and white, are large and healthy. We think that they have lots of access to underground water. On both plants, the clusters and their berries are large, and plump. The fruit is juicy and fragrant, not very tannic.
In 2021, we harvested a small amount and cofermented it with Salvador and made an excellent, dark, intense, tannic, beast. This year, we decided to take much more of Mataro and ferment it alone. We harvested about a ton of fruit, brought it back to the winery, foot-treaded it and let the fruit, juice, and stems, macerate together for about a week, and then we separated the wine from skins, stems, seeds. The resulting wine was a vibrant purple, dark in color, but light and vibrant in the mouth. It is still beautifully fragrant, but more settled, slightly more gnarly and complex.
We think that the fruit is Alicante by the way, not Mataro.