Lanza-Musot Vineyards, Suisun Valley, CA Update: 8/23/17

Real time news from the field! Nick Lanza of Lanza Vineyards popped by the Cabernet 169 this morning to check on the grapes for us. Nick says.. “It’s looking like a good crop, weather has been great, really excited about this year’s vintage. A cool late summer so far, good temperature swings. Right now it’s a cold 57 degrees at 6:52AM PST in the vineyard. The temperature will get up in the high 80’s / low 90’s during the day. A good temp swing which will push things a long a little bit. Looking at warmer weather coming up pretty soon. Should start to push the whites along. Making boxes and getting ready to send these grapes back East!”

For more information please visit Musto Wine Grape Company’s website Juicegrape.com

CABERNET CLONE 169 – WHY IT’S AWESOME!

Check out that Cabernet 169 Cabernet from Lanza-Musto Vineyards! The Cabernet 169 is a French clone that came to the US and was planted by UC Davis in 2003. Since then, it has been gaining popularity in all the major Cabernet growing regions, especially on Mount Veeder. It has good berry size, high vigor, and a well-balanced acid to sugar ratio. The wine can be higher in alcohol depending on the winemaking style. It was created to produce a big and bold Cabernet with intense complexity. The color is a vibrant, deep red. The mouth feel tends to be bold and linger. This grape is definitely for the adventurous winemaker.

For more information please visit Musto Wine Grape Company’s website Juicegrape.com

A Taste of Italy from Lanza Musto Vineyards

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{Lanza-Musto Brunello Clone Sangiovese going through veraison}

Can’t make it to Tuscany this year? Don’t worry, you can make some fabulous Sangiovese right here in the US! Lanza-Musto Vineyards has been producing Brunello Clone Sangiovese for the past 4 vintages. One of the big reasons we planted this varietal is because the valley provides hot days and cool nights. The temperature can swing over 50 degrees depending on the time of year. Sangiovese eats this type of weather up! This high producing varietal soaks up the sun and enjoys the break under the cool night air.

When producing Sangiovese wines keep in mind that even though it is a bold tasting wine, it can easily be overtaken by oak infusions. Both the Musto Wine Grape Co. and Winemaker Magazine suggest using small amounts of oak or aging your wine in neutral barrels. The oak flavoring can overpower the wine and you will lose the delicate acidity and  bright cherry notes that Sangiovese is known for. Also, blending in a little LMV Barbera or Merlot can help give it a little extra structure and complexity. 

Since Sangiovese originated in Italy, the wines pair famously with anything tomatobased. We suggest pasta, pizza, or any meat dishes that have a tomato sauce. Frank Musto from Musto Wine Grape Co., LLC. personally enjoys his Sangiovese with Pepe’s Pizza from New Haven, CT or a great Chicken Marsala.

Sangiovese is one of the hottest up and coming varietals being produced in the United States. Make sure to secure your order of Brunello Clone Sangiovese for Fall 2016. You will not be disappointed!

Cheers and Happy Winemaking!

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{Lanza-Musto Brunello Clone Sangiovese ready to ship to Musto Wine Grape Company}

Lanza-Musto Malbec is “Best of Class”

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According to WineJudging.com our 2014 Wooden Valley Malbec, made with Lanza-Musto Grapes is “Best of Class“. Congratulations to the Lanza-Musto and Wooden Valley Winery Team!

Any Home Winemakers entering their 2014 Lanza-Musto Malbec’s in the competitions this year? You might end up with a “Best in Show”!

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Our Barbera is flourishing in Suisun Valley. The wine has given off notes of dark cherry, plum, and boysenberry. We used a slight amount of French Oak to enhance the supple tannins and hints of vanilla. Make sure to pick up a few cases this week to make at home! We suggest using BRL97, L-2056, and VRB yeasts. Happy Winemaking! 🙂

Lanza Musto Cabernet Sauvignon Clones

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Cabernet 169: The Cabernet 169 clone is a French clone that. The first 169 clone to come to the US was planted by UC Davis in 2003. Since then, it has been gaining popularity in all the major Cabernet growing regions. Especially in on Mount Veeder. It has good berry size, high vigor, and a well-balanced acid to sugar ratio. The wine can be higher in alcohol depending on the winemaking style. It was created to produce a big and bold Cabernet with intense complexity. The color is a vibrant, deep red. The mouth feel tends to be bold and linger. This grape is definitely for the adventurous winemaker. (selling out as we speak)

Koch Cabernet: The Koch ranch Cabernet is farmed on incredibly rocky soil. The soil absorbs most of the moisture therefore producing a more intense fruit. This is only  8 acres, so please reserve your cases as soon as possible. We always sell out of the Koch Cabernet. (selling out as we speak)

Cabernet 15: This Cabernet clone originates from Aquitcuine, France (South East France, Bordeaux, largest grape region in France). It is known for its high yield, high levels of Anthocyanins (attributes to aging and color), and high tannins. The wines are described as having raspberry, cherry, plum, and cocoa notes. It has an intense body and is structurally solid. Definitely an age worthy Cabernet.

Cabernet 8: The Clone 8 Cabernet Clone was one of the most popular plantings in France and then in the US in the 1990’s. From our research, it has been said that it was one of the plantings that came it California in a suitcase. Clone 8 is strong Cabernet producer that yields about 6 tons to the acre. The wines have great fruit characteristics, deep color, good sugar to acid ratio, and are structurally sound. The tannins are strong.

A taste of Italy in Suisun Valley

20140117-081950.jpgCan’t make it to Tuscany this year? Don’t worry; you can make some fabulous Sangiovese right here in the US! Lanza-Musto Vineyards has been producing Brunello Clone Sangiovese for the past 2 vintages. There are over 14 different Sangiovese clones that exist but the Brunello truly flourishes in Tuscany and Suisun Valley. Also, the Brunello clone has been said to be the best clone of Sangiovese vines.

One of the big reasons we planted this variety is because the valley provides hot days and cool nights. The temperature can swing over 50 degrees depending on the time of year. Sangiovese eats this type of weather up! This high producing variety soaks up the sun and enjoys the break under in the cool night air.

As is always said in winemaking, you need great grapes to make great wine. Well now that you are starting off with the best Sangiovese clone, it is time to move on to the best yeast. Below are the top four yeasts used when producing Sangiovese.

BM45: BM45 is used because Sangiovese is slightly higher in acid and it helps to mellow out the mouth feel of the wine. BM45 highlights the polysaccharides and you will create a wine full of rich earthiness, jammy fruits, and spice.

BM 4×4: The BM 4X4 creates the same mouth feel and flavor profile as BM45. However, the BM 4X4 was created to adapt to stressful fermentation situations. If you do not have a temperature controlled environment for your winemaking we suggest utilizing BM 4X4. It will give you a fantastic flavor profile while being reliable and easy to work with.

VRB: VRB is a yeast that is used for Tempranillo and Sangiovese. VRB brings out jams, dried plum, and hazelnut in the wine’s mouth feel.The mouth feel is similar to that of a wine made with BM45 or BM 4X4 but the VRB can create a bolder wine with up to 17% alcohol assuming the starting Brix are high enough.

D254: D254 is a Rhone variety yeast that has the ability to produce a wine with up to 16% alcohol (again assuming the sugar content is there) D254 will produce a wine with jammy, spice, and cedar characteristics on the nose and pallet.

Sangiovese is one of the hottest up and coming varietals being produced in the United States. Click here and make sure to secure your order of Brunello Clone Sangiovese for Fall 2014. You will not be disappointed!

Cheers and Happy Winemaking