2006 san floriano normale
rocky hill vineyard
This is a remarkable story, almost too much fun to tell. You must go here to read the whole story.
This is a skin-fermented pinot grigio from a hillside vineyard adjacent to Farina on Sonoma Mountain. We aged the wine for nearly 5 years in barrel to bring it to its current state of craziness, fierce and sweet at once. It is the color of mahogany or oxblood, and it is full of tannin, but the tannins are rich and ripe and beautifully knit together. The wine tastes more like chocolate than a tannic Cabernet.
Naturally, we will offer all of you the opportunity to taste barrel samples of this crazy wine.
PS: it is called "normale" in the Italian tradition, by contrast with its sibling, the Riserva, which, paradoxically, we bottled nearly one year earlier. It was just a better student, and graduated sooner, with honors.
skin-fermented hillside Pinot Grigio, aged for 5 years in barrel