De Levende Fred’s Roby Red

$33.00

3 in stock

Vintage: 2021
Region: Redwood Valley, California
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

De Levende Fred’s Roby Red is a juicy, ripe old-school farmer’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This tastes like a trip back in time to the 70s.

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3 in stock

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About De Levende Fred’s Roby Red

De Levende Fred’s Roby Red is a juicy, ripe old-school farmer’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This tastes like a trip back in time to the 70s.

About De Levende

A project that is solely focused on making wines with friends, clocking more hours in the dirt/cellar, and remembering the past. Fruit from Redwood Valley, Mendocino, and Sonoma. Always organic farming & zero additions.

About Redwood Valley

Redwood Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the northern part of Mendocino County, California. Established in 1997, the appellation is best known for its red wines, particularly those produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the valley derives its name from the redwood trees that dominate the landscape. Some of the first vineyards were planted in Redwood Valley in the 1880s by Italian and Greek immigrants, although viticulture remained on a small scale up until the 1950s. The arrival of a few large wineries and an increase in planting then led to an upsurge in grape growing in the valley – at one point, around half of all vines planted in Mendocino could be found in Redwood Valley.

The terroir of the valley is characterized by its high elevation. Sitting roughly at an elevation of 800 feet (245 meters), Redwood Valley enjoys warm days with intense sunlight, but the nights are cold as a result of the cool breezes and fog that seep from the Pacific Ocean through a gap in the Coastal Range. This diurnal temperature variation ensures a longer ripening period in which the grapes can develop ripe fruit characteristics while retaining acidity.

The red, rocky soils are one of the most distinguishing features of the terroir. They are free-draining and rich in iron, and their clay content means they have moderate water retention capabilities. This is ideal for the production of premium grapes – vines that are planted on thin, dry soils grow deep root systems to access the water stored below. This leads to healthy vines that produce small, concentrated grapes with a high skin-to-juice ratio.

The hills surrounding Redwood Valley are home to the headwaters of the Russian River, which runs through the valley itself. Despite this, the Redwood Valley is quite distinct from the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma, the boundaries of which do not start for another 50 miles (80km) along the river.

A substantial number of wineries in Redwood Valley practice organic agricultural techniques. Along with rich, full-bodied red wines, the AVA is also home to examples of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

 

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