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Teroldego, 2016

Never heard of Teroldego? Neither had Bryan Babcock when an Italian winemaker visiting California brought him a bottle. Bryan was certain Teroldego’s intense fruit flavors would be a hit if he could find the grape in California. It took years, but eventually he met grower Michael Haddox, who loved Teroldego even more. “Very few guys are as geeked up as Michael is on Teroldego,” Bryan says, which makes the winemaking simple. “I just crush it and let it go.”

Profile

Prism Teroldego is a California twist on the Alto Adige style of this wine: more concentrated fruit flavors (similar to Zinfandel), as well as more complexity in the form of a floral-herbal character.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
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APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Violet
Plum
Dried sage

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

Lodi is a warm, dry region where just about every grape variety, red or white, grows well. Winemaking immigrants from Europe figured this out around 1850. The 17-acre block of Teroldego vines for this wine is surrounded by a densely planted 5,000-acre almond orchard. The trees’ canopy cools the daytime temperatures in the area by 5 to 10 degrees.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Teroldego grape is grown primarily in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, near the Austrian border. The locals tend to speak German, not Italian.

  • VARIETY
    Teroldego
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Rock Ridge Ranches
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Lodi, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak (8 months)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Certified sustainable

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