2021 2021 Antonella
ANTONELLA is a flourishing flower, with grace and beauty, in Italian. The primary grapes are three varieties commonly grown in the northwest corner of Italy, on the shores of Lake Garda. The reds produced there are bright & lively, meant to serve slightly chilled. Our ANTONELLA is our expression of summer, meant to be enjoyed as an aperitif with friends.
With notes of blackberry and candied raspberry, this wine is ever intoxicating and pulls you right in. True to it's Bardolino style as inspiration, there is a salted and tannic quality that is so unique. It finishes with a pop of sour cherry and a grip that is shocking for it's 11.6% alcohol. This wine transports you to the shores of Lake Garda in Italy - imagine a picnic of charcuterie and cheese, watching wooden boats go by, and a glass of the Antonella to take it all in.
The Dry Creek Valley is located approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco. The history as a grape growing region dates back to the mid-1800s, and through phylloxera and prohibition, has been a thriving & bright location for California wine. While once dominated with Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, varietals of Italian descent have been making a resurgence in the valley. Across the valley, one can find pockets of these lesser-known varieties, like Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella, and in 2021, a few of those made up the blend for the ANTONELLA bottling.
Per usual, this wine was picked by an all star team of friends of Raft Wines on September 20, 2021. At the winery, the grapes were 100% destemmed. We were thrilled to give this the time it needed on the skins and made it again more like a red wine than a rose with 10 days on the skins.
The wine was racked once in February and bottled unfined and unfiltered 3/23/2022.