2018 Gonsalves Mataro

2018 Gonsalves Mataro

Wine Information

100% Mataro

Vintage

2018

Vineyard

Gonsalves

Appellation

Contra Costa County

Alcohol By Volume

13.9%

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Rich ruby red color. Vibrant raspberry and blueberry on the nose with hints of green olive, clove, and iron. Nicely balanced acidity and powerful red berry fruit on the palate. EB (3/20)

Vintage Notes

Ridge has a long history producing wine from this Spanish grape variety. This is our first vintage from Sandy Lane, which is within a few miles of some of our past, most favorite vines. These century old vines grow in deep sandy soil. We picked early in 2018 and fermented in small tanks with gentle extraction, making a balanced wine. It will be most enjoyable over the next ten years.

History

Ridge has a long history producing wine from this spanish grape variety. This is our first vintage from Sandy Lane, which is within a few miles of some of our past, most favorite vines. These century old vines grow in deep sandy soil. We picked early in 2018 and fermented in small tanks with gentle extraction, making a balanced wine. It will be most enjoyable over the next ten years.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 13 inches (below normal)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: Hot, dry summers with afternoon winds

Winemaking

Harvest Date: 7 September
Grapes: Average Brix 23.1˚
TA: 6.07 g/L
pH: 3.60
Fermentation: 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation; 100% submerged cap; pressed at seven days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (100% three years-old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

Gonsalves Vineyard grapes, hand-harvested; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur; 35pppm at crush, 72ppm during aging. Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 90

No. of Tasting Notes: 6

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