Support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation this holiday season! Drop off a new and unwrapped toy in our tasting room now through Thursday, December 12, 2013 and help a less fortunate child in our community.
As the seasons change and cooler temperatures have helped to create beautiful views of the autumn foliage in the foothills, we are reminded of the closing of another vintage. This year marks our 30th harvest and once again Mother Nature has blessed us with a stellar crop of wine grapes and we are excited about the potential for the 2013 vintage. Bud break occurred two weeks earlier than usual and thankfully we had a fairly warm and dry Spring. This was followed by a warm, dry summer and perfect growing conditions that dictated an earlier than usual harvest that began in mid August. Individual berries on the grape clusters were very small this year creating wines that will be rich, concentrated and full of flavor.
We are pleased with the high quality of the fruit in this year’s harvest, and cannot wait to see how the young wines evolve over the next several months!
With the warm and dry summer weather the 2013 Harvest is shaping up to be a good one! The Chardonnay grapes are the first this season to be crushed. With September right around the corner, Lava Cap Winery is soon to be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of harvest! Come visit our tasting room to sample our premium wines. We look forward to seeing you soon!
By Nolan Jones
Sangiovese (san-jo-veh-zeh) – A red Italian wine grape variety whose name derives from the Latin sanguis Jovi “the blood of Jove.” The most accredited theory about the origin of Sangiovese is in Romagna in the Town of Santarcangelo where the Romans would store the wines in caves. It is a major component to the blend Chianti, but is also used in high end Super Tuscan wines. It is Italy’s most commonly planted red grape varietal in central Italy, specifically the region of Tuscany, the agricultural heartland of the Sangiovese grape.
When Lava Cap Winery sources grapes from outside of our estate vineyards only the highest quality fruit grown by the most dedicated farmers is chosen. Frank and Patricia (Pat) Matagrano, and their Sangiovese Vineyards are no exception.
Lava Cap has been buying Sangiovese grapes from the Matagrano family for over 20 years. Farming and wine are in Frank’s blood. Frank’s grandfather was a fig farmer in Italy and a friend of Robert Mondavi. As a child Frank unloaded barrels of wine for Robert Mondavi, and has memories of buying jugs of wine directly from the source.
Eventually those experiences forged a love for the land, farming, and wine.
During a search for property to focus on their love for farming and wine,
Frank and Pat found 100 acres ideally situated along the banks of the South Fork of the American River. After purchasing the property, the Matagrano’s consulted with local winemakers, farmers, and researchers at UC Davis, who all agreed the location was ideally suited for Italian varietals, particularly Sangiovese. After clearing the land themselves, which included treating the soil with mushrooms and oyster shell compost, they planted the vines that eventually grew to produce some of the finest Sangiovese grapes in California. In fact, the Sangiovese grown by Frank and Pat is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest planting of the native Italian grape in California. Our Sangiovese wines have been a favorite for years, and we look forward to producing and sharing this distinguished varietal from this exceptional vineyard for years to come.
We are proud to feature Matagrano Vineyards, Sangiovese 2010 as one of our summer Wine Club selections.
Enjoy Lava Cap wine while you listen to music and watch the beautiful sunset views from our deck and garden area. Gourmet deli items available for purchase.
August 17 - Parallel Planes, 5pm to Sunset