Venturi Carignan Long Élevage 2019
100% Carignan · Mendocino County · 143 Cases
Vivacious aromas of dried earth, California chaparral, and raspberry jam smeared on a stone and left to dry in the sun. Our Carignan Long Élevage spent 2.5 years in barrel. It maintains Venturi Vineyards distinct dusty tannins, but additional aging gave this wine a richer and more savory structure. We liken this to a California version of a cru Beaujolais: easy drinking and food-friendly, with great acidity.
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750 ml, 12% ABV
Richer dishes with a bit of a char – think lamb kebabs, wood fired pizza and oxtail stew. This wine adds an uplifting dimension to every dinner whether it’s takeout, leftovers, or a homemade favorite.
Eating, cooking, wearing a sweater. Any or all of the above.
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Out of all the wines I make, this is the one I reach for most. I’m a sucker for medium bodied savory reds! The 73 year-old Carignan block we work with is on a particularly stoney parcel as it lies on former Russian Riverbed. These parcel characteristics, along with a long, cool fermentation result in a Carignan much lighter bodied than most. This wine is particularly reflective of the vineyard site with its dusty tannins, and aromas of California chaparral and river stones. We make this in a fairly unique way with a month-long extended maceration on the stems and skins before pressing it.
I’ve been making this wine since 2014 and as I’ve opened older bottles I’ve noticed that the fruity aromas of the wine actually build over time—contrary to what most wines do. I wanted to let you all experience this wine with a bit more age, so we held a portion of the 2019 vintage back in barrel for an additional year and bottled this small amount separately for you to enjoy.
Venturi Vineyard is in Mendocino County; planted in 1948; dry farmed; organic.
Chilly when you put it on the table, loves to warm up with the crowd.
12% alcohol. Unfined. Unfiltered. At bottling (February 2021): free SO2 10 mg/L, total SO2 46 mg/L. 0.4 g/L residual sugar.
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