Dry Creek Valley
SEPT 2, 2016
This 2016 shows why we planted Fiano in the first place. Its pale-gold color leads to a dry, crisp wine that has incredible texture. It is the highest acidity we have ever had in our Fiano…and I love it! We are beginning to think Fiano has found a home here in the Dry Creek Valley. Now if we could only find a home in Campania…
We have .81 acres of Fiano, grafted over in 2011. The vines were originally planted in 1998, on 420-A low-vigor rootstock. The vineyard is densely planted to 4 X 6-ft spacing. Fiano is perhaps Southern Italy’s most noble white grapes. It comes from the region of Campania, near the city of Naples.
2016 was an excellent growing season. We finally received some normal rainfall in the winter and early spring. A warm, late spring and early summer had us thinking of another early harvest. However, a cooler-than normal August slowed down ripening and helped grapes retain good acidity. We harvested Fiano on September 2nd, on the early-side of ripeness because sugars can really accelerate quickly at the end of Fiano’s growing season.
This is only our fifth vintage making Fiano. The grapes were de-stemmed and sent directly to the press. The fermentation began spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and was carried out at low temperatures (under 70 degrees) to preserve fruit aromas for three weeks. We prefer fermenting and aging our whites in concrete because it provides some texture without the oak character derived from barrels. We prevented this wine from going through malo-lactic fermentation to retain bright acidity.