Winemaker's notes: Highly aromatic and powerfully fruity on the nose and dry as can be on the palate. I get notes of strawberry ice cream, mango lassi, and confetti cake. This was an exceptionally fun one to make and has been brilliant and expressive from berry to bottle. My recommendation would be to drink in or near a body of water, but you do you.
Farming: Lewis Vineyard sits in the Clements Hills, which you'll reach if you head East out of Lodi to the place where the Central Valley just begins to turn into the foothills. Grower Gregg Lewis is a pioneer in pushing for greater sustainability in the Lodi region, and the fruit he farms on these gently rolling hills is a testament to the amount of care and attention he brings them.
Vinification: These vines were hand-picked and brought to the winery, where they were sorted gently foot-tread, and loaded into the press destemmed. Because of the brilliant color of the berries, they were pressed immediately rather than waiting for the color to develop. After two days in the tank, the juice was racked with fluffy lees into stainless steel casks. It remained in these casks with fine lees until bottling, undergoing an interrupted spontaneous malolactic fermentation in late fall and early spring. Bottled unfined/unfiltered April 25, 2022.