The 2016 growing season started fast and furious with an early bud break and we expected a repeat of 2015, the warmest vintage on record for WA State. Thsnkfully, temperatures dropped in early June and through the rest of the summer. Harvest started in late August.
StoneTree Vineyard boasts one of the hottest, driest climates in Washington, receiving less than 6” of annual rainfall. Soils are sandy and shallow, over a layer of Missoula Flood river rock; along with the westerly wind, this causes the root systems to work hard and naturally decreases vine vigor, intensifying fruit and varietal characteristics.
Primitivo, like Zinfandel, can be finicky and difficult in the cellar. We take great care to be respectful of the fruit. We typically do a short, cold fermentation to preserve the spice and berry flavors, then 14-19 months aging in oak.
Dark and opulent with a smooth, creamy texture.
NOSE: black tea leaf, wheat grass, fresh oregano, dried fennel and red fruit
MOUTH: bright red fruit flavors mingle with hints of cocoa, balanced acidity
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: beef kabobs