Negro Amaro

Tasting notes: Juicy, round and bright with a dusting of fine tannin, envision an Italian Gamay. Plum, cassis and general grapiness abound with notes of fig, olive, black pepper and pleasingly rustic earthiness that is still light on its feet. There is a wonderful fresh funk that always accompanies Negroamaro as well in a bright, almost glou glou-vibrant style.


Vineyard: Clone FPS 02.1 (imported by Sutter Home oddly enough) on 1103P rootstock. Planted in 2012 on bilateral cordon utilizing “California sprawl” trellising and varying a north/south orientations. Strangely, Negroamaro hates direct sunlight, so an elaborate trellis-weaving technique is used to block afternoon sun. Nearly dry farmed. No pesticides. Hand harvested.


Winemaking: Fermented gently in a small tank. Fermentations lasting 14 days. Wood-basket pressed. No sulfur added until bottling, and no racking until bottling. Unfined and unfiltered but totally stable and clean, and very fresh and vibrant.


Vintage: 2019. Lots of rain, more than double “normal average” with an inch falling in June! It even rained lightly three times before the end of the season, practically Tuscan. July and August were very hot, taking us from two weeks late to one early. The temperature rollercoaster was a good thing in the macro however, even though 8 days without electricity at the winery was challenging. Cold nights came fast after the hot early season. From mid-September on things were gloriously mild with cold nights and days just kissing 85F over and over again. A year to pick on acidity in the end.


Label Image: Johann Mylius was a composer, physician and ardent alchemist. His Philosophia Reformatafrom 1622 was a deep dive into scientific principles and doctoral Theology divided into seven parts, and seven of the 10 emblems on the cover link to the iconography of previous alchemists.


The phrase “Vinum in Agris” means “wine of the countryside,”

alluding to Negro Amaro’s humble but satisfying nature.

Negro Amaro

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