We have been crushing Valdiguié for a long time now. Something about the variety and its uncertain California history have always intrigued me. The wine that we were originally producing was good, interesting and unique, but always more of a blender. Beginning in 2009, we started bottling Valdiguié as a single variety. I think we sort of figured out the grape and the vineyard and a style that we liked for the two.
The 2017, consistent with the last few vintages, has the brightness of Gamay, maybe even the seriousness of Cru Beaujolais, but also an earthy grounded feeling that reminds me of Trousseau Noirs. When the cork is popped, it is very bright cranberry, but with time, opens to more blueberry, still a little high-toned, but fleshed out ever so slightly.
The Label was created by my long-time design accomplice, Landon Dowlen Each year we put a new camera on the label and they are all from a collection of working and not working cameras that Landon hordes. KL