Evangelho Vineyard is another one of the truly great old vine vineyards in California—in fact, considered by some in the business as the gold standard for this type of old vine, own-rooted, Zinfandel-based field blend. Planted in 1890 in 30 feet of pure sand, this place is a sight to behold. A good chunk of Carignan and cool breezes off the Delta give this wine a beautiful freshness to balance the dense, rich fruit. Precedent is made by Nathan Kandler, a talented winemaker whom people need to pay attention to.
Producer notes: "Winemaker Nathan Kandler stands firmly by his belief that the winemaker's ultimate mission is to translate the voice of the soil into the glass. But not all vineyards are created equal, and here enters Nathan's keen eye for finding the magical combination of variety, climate and soil. In California’s case, he believes the most special sites are often found outside of the iconic regions (Napa, Russian River, etc.). For Precedent, his first independent effort (his day job is as Associate Winemaker at Thomas Fogarty) he has found 3 unique vineyards, marked by old vines planted on rocky and well drained soils. Native yeasts, whole cluster fermentations, minimal sulphur and the judicious use of well seasoned French oak are some of the techniques used."
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