2018 Lago di Merlo Fiano
What is Fiano you may be wondering? It is an Italian grape, grown in the Campania region of Southern Italy. Ours comes from the Lago di Merlo Vineyard, which sits on a striking hillside in the north end of Dry Creek Valley. In and amongst a hundred or so planted acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo, they have one small acre planted to Fiano, a true Italian clone that was “suitcased” over about twenty years ago. A new varietal for us meant some different winemaking techniques. Two thirds of this wine was foot tread (think I love Lucy), then the juice left on the skins for 24 hours before pressing. The remaining portion was fermented on the skins as though they were red grapes. We used these techniques to take advantage of the beautiful aromatics in the skins, as well as add layers and texture to the finished wine.