Up above the Central Valley, lies a vineyard in the foothills called Love Ranch. Organically farmed, 1300 feet elevation, and on Ahwahnee Vista soil – decomposed and weathered granite – this vineyard feels like a glimpse of the Rhone in California. Love Ranch is planted to many different varietals, and Raft Wines was honored to get a small amount of the 2017 COUNOISE to experiment with.
The Counoise was the second to last pick for Raft Wines in 2018, on October 1. The grapes were beautiful, and came into the winery still chilled after being picked in the early morning fall cool air. The grapes were 100% destemmed, and fermented in a small T Bin.
The grapes finished primary fermentation in 19 days and were set to pressed to age in neutral oak barrels.
The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on March 15, 2019.