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.
From the Evangelho Vineyard, 140 year old, head trained & dry farmed vineyard in Contra Costa, quite possibly the oldest Carignane in the world due to the silica in it’s soil making it impermeable to phylloxera. 100% whole cluster, slightly carbonic, aged in neutral oak for 6 months. This is a lighter reflection of the varietal than our previous year, rose petals and bramble fruit on the nose, medium bodied, long dusty tannins. 90 cases produced.
APPELLATION: Contra Costa
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 100% Carignane
CLIMATE: Mediterranean-like with mild winters and warm and dry summers
MACERATION & AGING: 100% whole cluster, slightly carbonic, aged in neutral oak for 6 months