This wine is the epitome of what I call “Fun Winemaking”. This is field blending, and field blending is a very old concept from France. If you were to travel to old vineyards of France, especially southern and western France, you would see plots of a half acre, one acre, five acre, etc of different varieties growing side by side. So why do it? Partly, well mainly because it allows the fruit to come in every year. When diseases weren’t fully understood, this methodology allowed the vineyards to hedge their bets to allow for a crop to come in every year, regardless. Other benefits they discovered included added complexity to the wines they made (like adding a whole lot of spices to a soup, for instance), and unique product offerings in the marketplace — no one else was growing that combination or that ratio of that combination.
The scary part about making wine like this is you literally don’t know what you’re going to get from year to year. Each grape variety ripens and flavors differently due to yearly climate changes. We always have wine to back blend in just in case we go, hmmm….that needs a fix, but by and large we try not to do that.
This wine is a blend of our Frontenac, Corot Noir, Noiret and St. Croix. Tank fermented on the skins for 6 weeks, pressed and settled for 3 months, and racked into oak barrels.
Think dark cassis fruit and cranberries galore and you have this wine figured out.
Vintage: 2019| Varietal Corot Noir, Noiret, Frontenac, and St. Croix from Turtle Run Vineyards
Appellation: Indiana Uplands
Acid 0.76| PH 3.67| Alcohol % 12.1
Price: $20 per bottle