2016 1MN

bechtold ranch

bechtold ranch

2016 1MN bechtold ranch - scholium project
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100% Cinsault from vines planted on their own roots 140 years ago in the middle of Lodi<br />
Superb! This release is the pinnacle of this wine. We feel that we have never experienced a similar conjunction of absolute grace and power. Like the Prince, it is lighter in color than usual. But it is also lighter in body-- the wine is weightless and has the agility of ballet dancer. Yet it is utterly complex and long. It is a perfect example of how lightness in a red wine is not necessarily at the expense of power or depth-- and, even more important to us-- how power need not interfere with transparency and grace. <br />
100% whole-cluster; fermented in puncheon with the Courier protocol of undisturbed floating cap, for nearly 4 weeks. Then aged without interference or intervention for 12 months in neutral oak. In spite of its lightness, the wine will age well and long. Think not Lodi, but Volnay.