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2018 Wilson Foreigner Valdiguié, Rancho Chimiles, Napa Valley

The Valdiguié comes from Rancho Chimiles in southeastern Napa County, owned and managed by the Wilson family. The 2018 growing season brought mild weather throughout, vine vigor was moderate and yields were healthy, with an extended ripening period. The fruit was harvested predawn on the 22nd of September. Thirty percent of the fruit was left as whole cluster, while the balance was de-stemmed, all went in to a concrete fermenter. Fermentation occurred with ambient yeasts and the must was pressed 13 days after harvest. Primary and malolactic fermentation finished in neutral French oak barrels, no additions were made except for sulfur dioxide, and the wine was bottled without any fining or filtration. The wine first shows a soft and plush texture, with ripe cherry and plum on the palate, and a pleasant grip on the finish. As always with this variety, the 2018 Valdiguié will welcome a slight chill before serving.  

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2018 Wilson Foreigner Zinfandel, Del Barba Vineyard, Contra Costa County

The Zinfandel comes from a historic vineyard site in Contra Costa County, owned and managed by the past four generations of the Del Barba family. The own-rooted old vines growing in the granitic sands of Oakley produced a prolific crop of beautiful fruit. Cool and breezy mornings through August allowed for a gradual development of flavors. Our parcel was harvested at dawn on September 4th. Fifteen percent of the fruit was left as whole cluster, while the balance was de-stemmed, all went in to a concrete fermenter. Fermentation occurred with ambient yeasts and the must was pressed 17 days after harvest. Primary and malolactic fermentation finished in neutral French oak barrels, no additions were made except for sulfur dioxide, and the wine was bottled without any fining or filtration. The wine is aromatic, juicy, and fresh, with a soft texture and ripe berry and stone fruit flavors, and a finely grained finish. The perfect wine for the Fall season.

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2017 Wilson Foreigner Albariño, Rorick Vineyard, Sierra Foothills

The Albariño comes from the beautiful Rorick Vineyard in Calaveras County, owned and farmed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn on August 29th, and delivered to the winery late morning. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian and French oak barrels. Full malolactic fermentation occurred, adding texture to the wine. A moderate amount of sulfur dioxide was used to prevent oxidation and no fining or filtration was done. The wine shows citrus blossom aromatics, stone fruit and a soft texture on the palate, and finishes with saline minerality.