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The 2016 Annia is only the second vintage of Annia where Ribolla Gialla takes the lead in the blend, 2012 being the other. There is a story that George Vare liked to tell about Ribolla, according to the late, great Stanko Radikon, Ribolla is the consummate supporting actor when blended into a wine under the 50% threshold. At that minority level, the grape will truly morph into the background, providing the floors, the walls and the ceiling for the other grapes to adorn. In the 2016 annia, the 60% of Ribolla in the wine is flattering and plays off the Tocai’s citrus and floral qualities. The 9% of Hyde chardonnay in the blend tightens the wine a bit, but in reality it just steps aside and gives the two Friulian varieties a stage to play on. Dan expects the Chardonnay to get involved as the wine ages.
With everyone's hearts and minds attached to the wildfires that ravaged California during the early part of October 2017 it is easy to forget that the vintage was defined by another incredible weather event – the record breaking heat wave that lasted from June through September. It was a relentless heat wave but is well matched with one of Gemina's core components - Greco. Greco is accustomed to the savage climate of southern Italy and can face the intensity of one hundred degree days without losing freshness.
2017 Gemina is 77% Pinot Grigio and 23% Greco.
Dan takes a lot of pride in being able to work with one of the most famous vineyards in all of California. It was founded by Larry Hyde in Carneros over thirty five years ago. The estate is planted predominantly to Chardonnay and has a list of wineries famous for capturing the essence of this iconic site. Dan chooses to ferment and age the wine in new and used French oak. Malolactic doesn't occur naturally. The combination of the clonal selections planted in Hyde plus it being a cold and wet site contribute to the wine's inherent tendency to be fresher and more acid driven.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Juliana Vineyard in Pope Valley, one of Napa’s warmest regions. It is fermented in a mix of steel and French oak.
Gaspare is a wine all about friends and family for Dan. Without Massimo Califiori there would have been no trip to Sicily. Without George Vare there would be no Ribolla Gialla in the United States and without Christian Patat and Serena Palazzolo of Ronco del Gnemiz there would be no inspiration for this wine. Dan considers all of his friends his heroes and his motivation.
Annia is named after Dan's mother and his first Italian wine vintage is named after Massimo’s father Gaspare. Without Massimo in Dan's life there would be no Massican. The 2016 Gaspare is 43 % Tocai Friulano, 29% Ribolla Gialla, and 28% Chardonnay.