2017 Giornata French Camp Vineyard Aglianico
Region: USA, California
Grape Variety: Aglianico
Dry, medium-bodied red; smooth, floral spice | Pair with a meaty pizza
The Miller family have been selling grapes from their French Camp vineyard since the 1970s, but it is the newest source of fruit to be added to the Giornata range. 490 metres altitude on sandy loam soils. Even by Paso Robles standards, this is an extraordinarily warm and dry site, which makes the water retention properties of the loam soils very important in avoiding excessive irrigation. Through careful vineyard management, the ripening period is extended so that the 1 acre of Aglianico is often picked last for compelling nuance and depth.
Husband and wife winemakers, Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi boast an impressive combined background spanning multiple degrees and experience in wineries throughout Italy and California.
Stephy came from a non-drinking household and threw herself into this world through a steady succession of degrees in Viticulture followed by Oenology, Chemistry and Plant Science. She is also a qualified sommelier with experience in consulting and teaching.
Brian, on the other hand fell into wine as a by-product of exploring his Italian heritage. He travelled the length and breadth of Italy, notably interning at world-famous winery Isole e Olena and picking up plenty of tips and tricks on the way. This formative experience was part of the inspiration for the couple's Cal-Ital wine label, Giornata which transplants Italian varieties to America's West Coast. In contrast, the couple's Broadside label is dedicated to three international varieties in pure California style.
Italian grape varietals have been planted in California since the 1860s when the first influx of migrant workers arrived mainly from the South of Italy, as a result of the Risorgimento (unification of Italy). However, it was only in the 1980s that the Paso Robles AVA became the beating heart of Cal-Ital wine production. More or less halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, it is located in California's Central Coast. The high diurnal range and staggering geological diversity mimic the range of conditions that varieties from the length and breadth of Italy have adapted to.
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