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Koehnen Wine Company 2018 Graciano Terra Alta Vineyard

Koehnen Wine Company 2018 Graciano Terra Alta Vineyard

Region:  Clements Hill < Lodi < CA

Grapes: Graciano

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming (CCOF); volcanic gravelly clay loam soils, 25% whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel then transferred to to finish after 2 weeks to neutral barrel where the juice remained for 11 months before bottling, unfined/unfiltered, with minimal So2; 13% ABV; 180 cases

Winemaker: Kenny Likitprakong

John and Alisa Koehnen founded Koehnen Wine Company in 2015 with a focus on making diverse orange wines from across California, and they've since expanded into natty wines of all colors. Their focus is on organically farmed vineyards, with minimal intervention, and varying skin contact time. John worked for Revel (a wine distributor in SF) for years, which is how he got to know Kenny from Hobo Wine Co and created the relationship for this project. Kenny does the production while John writes the album so to speak. The labels are all photos that John took.

The Graciano here, of Spanish origin, comes from the Terra Alta Vineyard at the mouth of the Central Valley in the Clements Hills sub-appellation of Lodi, where long, gently rolling hills start thinking about becoming the Sierras.  Markus Bokisch farms it organically, certified CCOF.  Here, ocean air sweeps in through the SF Bay and over the California Delta and through Lodi in the evening, which creates a large diurnal temperature swing that helps the grapes hold onto their acid and gives freshness to the wine.  So Graciano from this cool place takes on an almost Pinot Noir weight and feel. Medium-bodied with soft, plush tannins and black fruits mixed with raspberry and barely-there spice, this wine is lovely on its own, with a slight chill, but also plays nicely with all sorts of food, from BBQ to tacos.  You used to only be able to find it in Los Angeles at a few lucky bars, restaurants, and shops.  But now we've got it, and you'll love it, especially at such a friendly price.


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