100% Chenin Blanc
Silvaspoons Vineyard • Lodi
Lemon peel, honey, wool.
Ron Silva, the grower at Silvaspoons, hails from an Azorean family. It’s fitting that he planted a significant portion of his Alta Mesa, Lodi vineyard to a laundry list of Iberian grape varieties. Mencia, Verdelho, Tinta Cão…the list goes on. The story behind the Chenin is a bit of a happy accident. He was replanting some rows and the nursery accidentally sent him some Chenin. Instead of grafting them over, he decided to keep them, and we're glad he did!
His vineyard is farmed under the Lodi Rules Sustainable Winegrowing program, which considers sustainable farming as it relates to the environment and the community of people that do the work. In Ron’s vineyard, you’ll see owl boxes, cover cropping, and the use of goats to keep the weeds down.
The grapes were pressed and fermented to dryness in neutral French oak without sulfur until élévage.
3 barrels produced
Hand-harvested August 12th, 2021
Brix at harvest: 20.5°
pH at harvest: 3.33
Titratable acidity at harvest: 7.0 g/l
Total added sulfur 30 ppm
Bottled August 11, 2022