Wine Description & Statistics

Joughin Vineyard

2014 Primitivo
Andy Joughin, our Vineyard Manager for many years, was
ooking for interesting grapes to plant in his small home vineyard in the Los Olivos area of the Santa Ynez Valley. Varieties that would have a niche value and not compete with the more common ones. Andy consulted winemaker Bruce McGuire who recommended several Italian red varietals.

One of these was Primitivo, the primary grape of the Puglia region of Italy. Los Olivos, in the central area of the Santa Ynez Valley, has a climate similar to that of Puglia.

The vineyard is small, less than 10 acres, and each variet
y is three acres or less. Since Andy's retirement Lafond Vineyards has been managing the vineyard. The small lots, that these grapes produce, are part of our program of offering special bottlings, of limited distibution, of interesting and unusual wines.

Recent DNA analysis has shown that Primitivo and California's Zinfandel are genenetically similar. Zinfandel was, until this discovery, a grape of mystery, and its origins unknown. Primitivo or Zinfandel, the Joughin Vineyard has produced exceptional wines year after year.

Winemaker's comments: This is the 13th vintage of Joughin Vineyard Primitivo, a property we farm for the Joughin family. Primitivo is the Italian version of Zinfandel, genetically identical but originally from Italy. We now know that the original plant is from Croatia. Jammy, spicy bramble fruit that is gaining depth and concentration as the vine matures.

The third year of drought with reduced vine vigor lead to an early harvest and intense and spicey bramble fruit. A 50 day extented maceration on the skins allowed full bramble evolution for a long persistent finish.

Suggested retail: 28.00

2014 Joughin Vineyard Primitivo 28.00

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Statistics | Label | Bottle | Bottle + Glass

Sept. 26, 2014
Sugar: 25.3 Brix

100% Joughin Vineyard

Barrels: 19 Barrels
21% New French Oak
15 months in Oak
Total Acid: .71
pH: 3.35
Alcohol: 15.1%

Bottled: March 16, 2016

Production: 450 cases