Keep Wines, Delta White 2021, Clarksburg, Sacramento Valley, CA
This Austrian-style single-vineyard gemischter satz (field blend) is a mix of Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. It’s floral, with stone fruits and grape fruits, with minerality to boot.
APPELLATION (AVA): Clarksburg
REGION: Central Valley
SUBREGION: Sacramento Valley
VINEYARD: Lost Slough Vineyard
GRAPES: 50% Grüner Veltliner, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Gris
SOIL: Clay loam, mineral-rich, sandy, shell fragment-filled
VINIFICATION: Fermented in stainless steel with native yeast, aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. Unfined and unfiltered.
BODY: Light to medium
PRIMARY AROMAS: Honeysuckle flower, apricot, grapefruit
FLAVOR: Stone fruit, wet stone
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve chilled. Pair with our tempura fried squash blossoms with aioli.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Johanna Jensen and Jack Roberts
“Winemakers Johanna Jensen and Jack Roberts create bright and mineral driven wines influenced by the old world with minimal manipulation and great age ability. In the vigneron tradition, they do much of the work themselves from vineyard to bottling. Based out of Napa, they work with small, mostly certified organic vineyards from all over Northern California and have a passion for lesser-known grape varieties.” (thekeepwines.com)
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: Lost Slough Vineyard
“The vineyard is located in the Sacramento River Delta and was once below sea level, you can witness this in the sandy soil littered with shell fragments. This gives the wine a great saline quality, which complements the Albariño. We have been making wine from this vineyard since 2009.” (thekeepwines.com)
ABOUT THE LABEL: “The crest on the bottle is of Beverston Castle, an 11th century Norman stronghold in Gloucestershire, England where Jack’s father was born and raised. All that remains of Beverston today is what you see—the moat and the tall ‘keep’, (from the middle english kype, or barrel) which was the defenders' last resort in a siege. It was also where they stored their most precious possessions, especially their wine.” (thekeepwines.com)