2018 Poor Ranch "Wild Child" Carignane
Grape: 100% Carignane
Vineyard: Poor Ranch (certified organic, dry farmed). The Poors have homesteaded this rugged land since 1888. They currently tend to over 1,000 acres, over 200 of which grow wine grapes. Truly a family business, Susan, John, and John Jr. work the massive, steep-sloped property without outside help, aided only by a small amount of livestock. Overlooking the town of Hopland, it’s one of the most picturesque, expressive sites we’ve ever seen.
AVA: Mendocino County, high in the Hopland hills.
Vines: We source our Carignane from a block called “The Hub,” which was planted in the 60s. Vines are spaced 9x9 or 9x11 in either diamonds or squares to allow them to disc in either direction. The Poors implore a very hands off approach - no irrigation, no sprinkler system, no fans for frost protection. Vines are head pruned with no wires or trellises.
Method: We opted for a 50/50 mix of whole-cluster and destemmed fruit. Daily pumpovers were kept short during fermentation, and the occasional pigeage was employed. The Juice was then pressed, settled, and racked to neutral barrels for 5 months of elevage.
Case Production: 200