2013 Dolcetto
Fox Hill Vineyard

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2013 Dolcetto
Fox Hill Vineyard

37.00

Vineyard

Dolcetto is an Italian red grape that is believed to have originated in Piedmont and its means "little sweet one". Our Dolcetto comes from Fox Hill Vineyard, a 150-acre ranch owned and managed by Lowell Stone. Located 8 miles north of the town of Hopland along the banks of the upper Russian River and sitting at 750 feet of altitude on a west-facing slope, this site provides outstanding conditions for growing this very late ripening red varietal.

Harvest notes

The 2013 harvest season followed the same pattern of excellent quality as the 2012 vintage. Winter brought with itself a vast amount of rain, followed by one of the driest springs and summers in a long time. Harvest commenced about two weeks earlier than average allowing for all grapes to be picked before the arrival of rain. In summary, 2013 was another amazing vintage, providing all elements to make outstanding wines with mature tannins and flavors and aromas that truly show a sense of place.

Winemaker’s notes

Black fruit such as black currant and blackberry dominate the nose with a hint of menthol and black pepper in the background. This wine is medium bodied and shows excellent mid-palate, with firm tannins that coat the whole mouth promoting a long-lasting finish.

Vineyard statistics

Harvest notes

The 2013 harvest season followed the same pattern of excellent quality as the 2012 vintage. Winter brought with itself a vast amount of rain, followed by one of the driest springs and summers in a long time. Harvest commenced about two weeks earlier than average allowing for all grapes to be picked before the arrival of rain. In summary, 2013 was another amazing vintage, providing all elements to make outstanding wines with mature tannins and flavors and aromas that truly show a sense of place.

Winemaker’s notes

Hints of phenol, orchids and lemon peel dominate the nose with a subtler undertone of red apple and Asian pear. The palate exhibits great minerality, which is complemented well by the high level of acidity contributing to a crisp finish.

Vineyard statistics

Appellation: Mendocino County
Sub AVA: Mendocino
Year planted: 1990
Elevation: 900 feet
Exposure: West facing
Orientation: Unregistered
Clone: Unregistered
Rootstock: 5C
Soil: Gravelly loam
Yield: 4 tons/acre

Wine statistics

Harvest date: September 26, 2013
Brix: 24.3
Fermentation: De-stemmed and crushed to stainless steel tank. Cold soaked for 5 days to extract color and desirable phenolic compounds.  Fermented to dryness at 85F. Only free-run transferred to barrel where it underwent malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak for five months with lees contact and stirred once a month.
pH: 3.21
TA: 6.6 g/L
Alcohol: 14.2%
Cases produced: 188

Appellation: Mendocino County

Sub AVA: Mendocino

Year planted: 1995

Elevation: 750 feet

Exposure: West facing

Orientation: North to south

Clone: Unregistered

Rootstock: 5C

Soil: Gravelly loam

Yield: 4 tons/acre

Wine statistics

Harvest date: October 22, 2013

Brix: 25.6

Fermentation:

De-stemmed and crushed to stainless steel tank. Cold soaked for 5 days to

extract color and desirable phenolic compounds. Fermented to dryness at

85F. Only free-run fraction transferred to barrel where it underwent malo-

lactic fermentation.

Aging: Aged for 14 months in neutral French oak.

pH: 3.49

TA: 6.5 g/L

Alcohol: 15.2%

Cases produced: 95

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