2018 Keep Ciliegiolo

Lodi, California

Winemakers Jack Roberts (Matthiasson Wines Assistant Winemaker) and Johanna Jensen (formerly with Scholium Project and Broc Cellars) have come together to create wines influenced by the old world with less ripe fruit, minimal manipulation and great ageability. In the vigneron tradition, they do much of the work themselves from vineyard to bottling. The crest on the bottle is of Beverstone Castle, an 11th century Norman stronghold in Gloucestershire, England where Jack’s father was born and raised. All that remains of Beverstone today is what you see on our label — 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.

2018 Keep Ciliegiolo

NOTES & PAIRINGS

From the Ripken Vineyard in Lodi, some of the only Ciliegiolo farmed in California. The name means ‘little cherry’ in Italian. Fresh red fruit nose with singing minerality. Open top fermenter and aged in stainless steel. Native yeast fermentation, unfined/ unfiltered. 60 cases produced

ANALYTICS & PRONUNCIATION

PRODUCER: Keep
APPELLATION: Lodi
VINTAGE: 2018
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 100% Ciliegiolo
CLIMATE: Mediterranean-like with mild winters and warm and dry summers
MACERATION & AGING: Native yeast fermentation, aged in stainless steel.
ALCOHOL: 12.5%