2016 Harrington Mission, Somers Vineyard

(Lodi, California) $23

Mission

As far as we know, Mission was the first grape used to make wine in California. It was brought to North America in the 1600’s by Franciscan missionaries, who used it for sacramental purposes. Mission is called Pais in Chile and there are centuries old vineyards still producing fruit. It is also grown in the Canary Islands, where it is known as Listan Prieto.

2016 Harrington Mission

Vineyard: This is an old vineyard, but the exact age is not known.

Farming: Practicing organic.

Vinification: Half carbonic maceration, partially foot stomped and whole cluster pressed. Aged in neutral oak and stainless steel for three months.

Tasting Note: Super fresh with red fruits and pomegranate. Serve slightly chilled. A good alternative for those who like Pinot Noir but want to try something different.

Food Pairing: Charcuterie, gazpacho.

Drinkability: Now.

 

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