2017 Tavolo Bianco
After fermenting the Arneis and Tocai Fruiliano seperately and tasting many blending trials, we believe these varietals complement and balance each other very well. At 62% Arneis and 38% Tocai Fruiliano, the crisp acidity, minerality and stone fruit of the Arneis pairs with the peachy, tropical aromatics and richness of the Tocai Fruiliano. Together this wine has a crisp yet silky mouthfeel with tangerine and fresh peach flavors throughout.
Arneis is a white grape varietal from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. Arneis means "little rascal" aptly named because it is extremely difficult to grow. Our Arneis comes from Spirit Canyon Vineyard, owned by Glenn McGourty. Tocai Fruiliano is a grape native to the Veneto region of Italy before making its way to Fruili where it has been cultivated since the 1600's. Our Tocai Fruiliano comes from Fox Hill Vineyard, a 150-acre ranch owned and managed by Lowell Stone. Both vineyards are located less than 8 miles from our winery in Hopland and represent some of the finest grapes from inner Mendocino County.
Harvest date: September 2 and September 8, 2017
Fermentation: Both lots were whole cluster pressed and fermented seperately between 52-60F for 14 days. They were blended prior to bottling.
Aging: 62% aged in stainless steel and 38% aged in neutral French oak for five months on lees (no stirring).
Total Case Production: 180