Birdhorse Wines, Valdiguié 2021, Backyard Road Vineyard, Suisun Valley, CA
A classic “Napa Gamay”, this varietal Valdiguié is full of ripe raspberry and mulberry, with some earthiness, spice, and an underlying savoriness.
APPELLATION (AVA): Suisun Valley
SUBREGION: Napa Valley
VINEYARD: Back Road Vineyard
SOIL: Bale clay loam
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable, biodynamic, dry farmed
VINIFICATION: 30% Whole cluster fermentation, 30% Anaerobic fermentation. Foot-tread and daily punchdowns. Native malolactic fermentation in neutral barrels, aged 6 months until racked and bottled.
COLOR: Deep berry, fuschia point
BODY: Medium to full bodied
PRIMARY AROMAS: Mulberry, tarragon, raspberry, pepper, dust
FLAVOR: Juicy berries, savory, spice
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Try it with charcuterie, Brandade, Southern-fried chicken wings, or spicy and savory roasted vegetables.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: “Birdhorse represents a vision for the future of California winemaking, a vision anchored in a passion for diversification. We strive to showcase regions, varietals, and humans that have long had a presence in this industry but have yet to been celebrated by many of its constituents. We are driven by intellectual curiosity, transparency, science, and data, but most importantly an ardor for delicious wines and sharing them with the wider drinking public.” (birdhorsewines.com)
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: “Back Road Vineyard, where our Valdiguié lives, sits at the north end of the Suisun Valley on Brentwood clay- loam soils, part of the large alluvial fan the valley rests on. Planted in the 1980s, these 40 year-old vines are farmed organically and produce bodacious bunches of juicy, red grapes.” (birdhorsewines.com)