1448 – the altitude of our small family winery in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Since 2010, we have produced a ‘Red Table Wine’ we call “1448”. Three of our favorite grapes have comprised over 85% of the blend for the past five years; Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The balance of the cuvee is typically a collage of the unique heritage varietals we produce. Stylistically, “1448’”is in our house style of forward fruit, rich full flavors and a smooth elegant finish.
Our elevation in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley is viniculturally significant in that the diurnal temperatures (the difference between daytime highs and morning lows) so important in making red wine comes from elevation rather than a maritime influence. This large differential between our high and low temperatures helps the grapes develop more color, retain more acidity, and yield a richer wine with more character than grapes grown in the valley with warmer nigh:me temperatures. The higher the elevation, the cooler the climate. Here at 1,448 feet, we are in the ‘sweet spot’ for varieties like Zinfandel and Barbera.
The 2015 “1448” has a deep dark color that clings to the inside of a wine glass. The hues are bright and youthful, with a edge of magenta. The aromas lead with blue and black fruits, most notably black raspberry, along with blackberry and mulberry. The bouquet features sweet vanilla, hazelnut, violets and lavender. The flavors are succulent and juicy, with plenty of soft ripe fruit framed by a toasted oak creaminess. The tannins are mature and add richness and texture to a finish that is free of drying astringency.
Varietal Composition: 55% Petit Verdot, 31% Petit Sirah, 7% Tannat 3% Zinfandel, the balance (3%) is a combination of, Souzao, Malbec, Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet, and Viognier.
Released: May, 2017