2019 Six Cloves Benguerel Family Vineyard Primitivo

2019 Six Cloves Benguerel Family Vineyard Primitivo

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While Primitivo can be used as another name for Zinfandel because they are so close genetically, the two clones produce such different grape clusters and berries that their respective wines are quite distinct. Located near Kenwood in the Sonoma Valley, the vines in the Benguerel Family Vineyard are planted on their own roots and dry-farmed organically without tillage or application of sulphur. This means the owners have decided that phylloxera, powdery mildew, and a weedy vineyard are worth the risk for a sustainable environment, healthier vines, and more organic fruit. As for winemaking, Sonoe Hirabayashi took inspiration from Beaujolais, blanketing the freshly-picked grapes with CO2 in order start a semi-carbonic maceration, which preserves the fresh fruit aromas of the grapes. Maceration involved old-fashioned foot stomping and pitchforking and the wine went through only partial malolactic fermentation in order to preserve acidity. The bright, translucent purple and medium-bodied structure are more evocative of Pinot Noir than Zin at first; but from the entry to the finish, the wine bursts with refreshing red fruit and sweet spice, leading to grippy tannins on the finish. 


Winery Description

Sonoe Hirabayashi grew up on an apple farm in the foothills of the Northern Alps of Japan, yet she pursued a very American dream in working her way toward founding Six Cloves, her own California wine making and consulting business. After starting out working in New York in international trade and finance, Hirabayashi got bitten by the wine bug and left the east coast to study viticulture and enology at UC Davis. As her studies wound up, she began several years of internships, seasonal and full-time positions that included stints at Kusuda in New Zealand; Montsecano in Chile; and Gary Farrell, Littorai, Dehlinger, DRNK, and Sebastiani in Sonoma County. These experiences gave her the expertise as well as the confidence to conceive of a wine business with a Japan focus. Six Cloves provides consulting on exporting California wine to the Japanese market. Hirabayashi-san is also making wine she believes will appeal to Japanese consumers and match the delicacy of Japanese cuisine. 

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma Valley
Winery Six Cloves
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Primitivo
Closure Diam
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.1 x 29.5
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 15.2%
Product Code SX19ZIN

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Tasting notes

Bright, translucent purple in the glass. Aromas of ripe strawberry with hints of green pepper lead to a long-lasting burst of red fruit and sweet spice. The wine is medium-bodied, with structured acidity, and velvety tannins on the finish. 



Grapes were at first covered with CO2 in enclosed in plastic fermentation vessels in order to start a semi-carbonic condition. When fermentation started, maceration as carried out by footstomping and pitchforking. The wine aged 9 months in neutral oak. 

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