As harvest begins we chatted quickly with some of our growers about these harvest traditions. Some of them might surprise you….
Ron Lanza of Lanza-Musto Vineyards in Suisun Valley Shared His Harvest Rituals:
Which grapes do you harvest first? Sauvignon Blanc
Do you have any traditional harvest meals or snacks? McDonalds is our harvest snack of choice
Any other fun harvest traditions? We have a relaxing family dinner before the craziness starts!
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 producingBrunello Clone Sangiovesefor 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. andWinemaker Magazinesuggest using small amounts of oak or aging your wine inneutral 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 littleLMV BarberaorMerlotcan help give it a little extra structure and complexity.
Since Sangiovese originated inItaly, the wines pair famously with anything tomato–based. 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 withPepe’s Pizzafrom 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!
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.
Wooden Valley Winery was voted “Best Winery to Visit” in Suisun Valley. This comes as no surprise to the staff at M&M Wine Grape Co. The grapes, people, and wines are wonderful! The Lanza family works hard throughout the year to bring you some of the best grapes California has to offer. The Wooden Valley Tasting Room mirrors that passion, bringing the best winery experience to those who live in Suisun Valley and visitors from all over the world. Click here to read more about why Wooden Valley was chosen as the “Best Winery to Visit” by The Daily Republic. Also, check out Wooden Valley Winery’s website to attend events and hear about tasting specials. We looked today and saw that “Food Truck Fridays” are starting up! If only we could all live in California…..
Sangiovese, a wine which originated in the caves of Rome is being recreated by you! The Lanza-Musto Sangiovese was planted in 2009. These four year olds are yielding some tasty fruit. The wines should yield bright strawberry flavor with hints of spice. If barrel aged, it will elegantly embrace the oak from your barrel of choice. We suggest using either French or Hungarian oak to truly highlight the structure and flavor profile of the wine. Happy wine making!