Rootdown Trousseau 2022, St. Amant Vineyard, Amador County, California

The Saint Amant Vineyard is one of the very first vineyards Mike Lucia started working with when Rootdown was born in 2014. In the Spring of 2022 it was hit with frost which decimated most of the crop from one of our favorite wines. Luckily we were able to use the second growth fruit which provided us with some stellar quality to work with for this vintage but did reduce our production size from years past. Fermented in small open top oak fermenters & S48 bins. 1/2 destemmed. 1/2 whole cluster. 1/2 50/50 destemmed and whole cluster. Mike prefers a gentle mixing of the cap to capture more delicate aromatics and the choice of fermenting styles allow for a semi carbonic style in the finished wine. The wine is aged in neutral barrels for 8 months until bottling. Tasting notes: Staying true to the Jura style this vintage has a soft yet vivacious texture to it. Tomato leaves and rose petals invite you in with its bouquet and the palate takes you on a fresh, cooling journey. Red fruits like tart cranberries, red currants and slightly under ripe raspberries pop in your mouth while hints of tarragon and lavender keep it playful. Winemaker tip: Serve this wine chilled and decanted. To experience this wine warming in the glass and opening up is something to make you fall in love with this Trousseau. The St. Amant Vineyard: St. Amant was planted in 1972 to ungrafted Zinfandel. Later that decade, a section of this Zinfandel was grafted over to five Portuguese varieties after the owners became interested in Port-style wines. Bastardo (née Trousseau), one of the few Portuguese varieties UC Davis had at the time, was St. Amant’s first Portuguese crop in 1981. After a spell with Phylloxera, a pesky root-chewing louse, they replanted their Port varieties on Phylloxera-resistant rootstock. The 1.8 acres of organically farmed grapes that Rootdown sources in this vineyard were planted in 2004 on Honcut soil (deep, well-drained soil formed into somewhat coarsely textured alluvium from base igneous and granitic rocks) atop floodplains and moderately sloping alluvial fans.