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A blend of three vineyards: Luchsinger Vineyard in Clear Lake AVA, Bartolomei Vineyard in Green Valley AVA, and Bohan Ranch in Fort Ross- Seaview AVA. All were whole cluster fermented with native yeast and bottled unfined and unfiltered. One 1500 liter foudre, three 500 liter puncheons and one barrel were produced.
Bernie Luchsinger planted his vineyard in 1999 in volcanic cobble over ancient riverbed stones at 1,400’ in the Clear Lake AVA west of Kelseyville, California. We currently source our Trousseau and Touriga Nacoinal from this site. These varieties thrive in the warm days and cool nights under the watchful eye of the Luchsinger family.But nothing resonated quite like their Trousseau. Entranced by the red wines of France's Jura region, Meyers and Roberts began hunting that variety amid the discards and overlooked plantings that dot California - to no avail, even though Trousseau was part of the state's 19th century plantings.
They realized that the grape was the same as the Port variety Bastardo - itself an obscurity, but one that the Luchsinger family in Kelseyville (Lake County) had planted in 2001, installing 2 acres with hopes that someone might use it in Port-style wine.
At first, Trousseau was just another curiosity in the Arnot-Roberts portfolio. But the 2011 vintage galvanized a diffuse group of Jura partisans throughout the country. It earned enough attention that the two secured more grapes last year from new plantings in the Bartolomei vineyard near Forestville and the Bohan vineyard on the Sonoma coast.
Most vintners would revel at their work being poured by the glass at the French Laundry; they were more excited to find the Trousseau at a Texas chain steak house.
"This wine," Meyers says, "does have the chance to transcend boundaries."
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