Scholium Project 2016 'Il Ciliegio' Zinfandel Rose, Stampede Vineyard, Clements Hills
Item Number: 10622
Sub Region: Central Valley
Appellation/AVA: Clement Hills
Vineyard Designation: Stampede Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Zinfandel
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.7
Soil Type: Sand
Case Production: 202
Vineyard Notes: This wine is composed of 100% Zinfandel from the Stampede Vineyard, adjacent to the rodeo grounds in Clements, California—in the warm, dry, northeast corner of Lodi. The soil here is light sand washed down from the Sierras millions of years ago. The growing conditions are very different from the loamy soils of central and western Lodi. The vineyard was planted in the early 1900s and most of it was replanted in the 1940s. This wine is sourced from the younger vines— but still more than 70 years old. All of the vines are planted on their own roots and have been farmed without irrigation for their whole lives.
Winemaking Notes: The idea for the wine came to Assistant Winemaker Alex Pitts on a visit to the Emidio Pepe vineyards and winery in Abruzzo. There he tasted a Cerasuolo made as a very light red/rosé wine from the dark red Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes. It occurred to him that one could make a similar wine in Northern California from old-vine zinfandel. The Zinfandel whole clusters are briefly foot-stomped, making sure to leave some of the fruit whole. The juice macerates with the skins for 24 hours. After maceration, the grapes are gently pressed. The red juice ferments in neutral oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is inhibited to preserve acidity and emphasize freshness. Il Ciliegio is aged for 7 months, filtered and then bottled. Wine is bottled with about 60 mg/L total SO2 and 24 mg/L free.
Tasting Notes: 2016 is the second vintage of this wine from Scholium. This vintage is quite light in body with a kind of bright, translucent, cherry red in color. It is deliciously fresh and fragrant-- everything is about what happens quickly and up front in this vintage. Close your eyes; it is white wine from Lodi. It is nothing like the Emidio Pepe version, but a complete success and an honorable homage to Cerasuolo.
About the Name: Abe Schoener did not seem think it fair to call this emulation a Cerasualo, so he and Alex used a related word. Cerasuolo is a cherry-colored wine; they called this “The Cherry Tree.”