Bechthold Vineyard, Lodi CA – The oldest vineyard in Lodi, 130 year old Cinsault vines are head trained, organically grown and dry farmed. The age of the vines yields a small crop, giving rich complex flavor to the fruit in this vineyard. Onesta is one of 10 different wineries working with fruit from this one of a kind vineyard, harvesting from the weakest block where the vines produce the most concentrated fruit. Average crop load is only 3 tons/acre, which is extremely low for Cinsault.
100% Cinsault hand harvested in the cool early morning air. The fruit is sorted in the vineyard and destemmed to open top tanks for fermentation. Once in tank, 20% of the light pink juice is bled off for rosé, allowing more concentration for the red Cinsault wine. After a 2 day cold soak, the fermentation takes off and all the color and flavor are extracted from the skins. After pressing, the Cinsault is aged in neutral French oak barrels for one year.