Origin: Mokelumne River AVA, San Joaquin County, California
USNW Classification: Natural, Biodynamic
Varietal & Type: Sangiovese 100%
We all know Sangiovese and its classic Chianti and Tuscan origins, therefore we may not associate this varietal with California. However, I think this Mediterranean varietal can shine in California. It is naturally adapted to warmer climates and naturally maintains lower pHs making the resulting wine higher in acidty. In my opinion, this leads to a wine that shows best with food and is always something I'm striving to produce. Sourced from Mokelumne River AVA which is located in the greater Lodi area. This vineyard benefits from cooler climatic conditions often influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Bench Vineyard sits in sandy loam soils and is farmed with biodynamic practices.
Vinification: 100% whole cluster fermentation with native yeast. This wine was racked off malolactic lees and aged for 17 months in a combination of 3-5-year-old barrels in both puncheon and 60 gal barrels.
Aromas of orange peel, cherry, and anise. Similar flavors come through on the palate with long-lasting acidity and structured tannins.
Pairs well with pizza, pasta, charcuterie, grilled steak"
About The Winemaker
Terah Bajjalieh is a winemaker and certified sommelier from California.
A native Californian, Terah refined her unique style and found her love of wine by way of food and from her travels across the globe. She started her professional career in the hospitality industry studying at the International Culinary Institute in California. She then spent time working in wine bars, a Michelin-starred restaurant, wine education, and consulting in the Bay Area.
Terah ambitiously immersed herself into the international world of wine, studying Enology and Viticulture in both Spain and France. She completed 13 harvests covering five countries. Her flying winemaking experience includes the regions of:
Barossa Valley (Australia).
Marlborough (New Zealand)
Sierra Foothills (U.S.)
Napa Valley (U.S.)
The Willamette Valley (U.S.)
Terah holds a BS in Finance from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from Montpellier Supagro in France. She is a Level 2 Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master and holds the WSET Level 3 Award in Wine & Spirits.
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