Non-Vintage Napa Valley Matthiasson Vineyard Schioppettino No. 2
Schioppettino (also called Ribolla Nera) originates in the Friuli region of Italy and Slovenia. We have one of the only plantings in California. An ancient grape, Schioppettino, which means “gunshot,” was first mentioned in print in for wedding ceremonies in 1282. It is distantly related to Syrah and Pinot noir.
The wine is 100 percent Schioppettino. This second non-vintage bottling is a combination of our 2016 crop and our 2017 crop. We grafted the budwood onto mature Merlot vines in 2008. So far it has thrived in the moderate marine-influenced climate here at the southern mouth of the Napa Valley.
The wine is a non-vintage blend of 1 barrel of 2016 wine and 2 barrels of 2017 wine. We loved the combination of primary and secondary flavors that the non-vintage blend gave us. In both years the grapes were destemmed and crushed, and fermented in very small stainless steel tanks. We did manual punch downs. We pressed after approximately two weeks on the skins, and aged the wine in neutral barrels for 20 months for the 2016 and 8 months for the 2017.
The Schioppettino has fascinating flavors of cedar, black pepper, violets, and raspberry. It has lots of acid and stony minerality. It has naturally low alcohol and a very refreshing and clean finish.