This 2009 Alisos is a multi-dimensional wine, layering in the two grape varietals, the essence of the Alisos Vineyard and the skill of winemaker/owner Steve Clifton. Sangiovese for high toned fruit notes and bright acidity. Merlot for mid-palate fruit notes and structure to make the wine seamless. And “appassimento” Sangiovese to achieve balance and harmony.
This is the most labor intensive of all Palmina wines. Sangiovese and Merlot are vinified to dryness and barreled separately. A portion of the Sangiovese grapes are then placed on drying racks, surrounded by drying fans and encouraged to dehydrate to beautiful raisins over a period of about 100 days. Rehydrated in the new year and fermented until dry, this nectar is then barrel aged for six months. The three components are then blended and returned as a cuvée to marry in barrel before being bottled. Additional months of bottle aging ensure that the released wine is ready to enhance a meal, stimulate a conversation and appease the most discriminating palate.