ABOUT: Oracle Cellars is a collaboration between Communal and a family winery with a long history and deep roots in California. After immigrating from Italy and spending many years farming in Sonoma County, they were able to purchase a plot of land in Mendocino. It was there in 1943, that they planted their first vineyard. The estate has now grown to 400 acres of excellent sites in southern Mendocino County and is still run by the same family with the help of winemaker Hoss Milone, who also has deep roots in Mendocino. He is a fourth generation winemaker and it was later discovered his grandfather actually tilled the land for that original 1943 vineyard. That is a collaboration born out of fate. This, in addition to the family’s passion and skill for making incredible wines in Mendocino, made them the perfect partner for Oracle Cellars. The family’s Italian roots conjured up images of the land where Ovid wrote is magnum opus “Metamorphoses” in which the Oracle of Apollo gives the order to seek “your ancestral lands.” Fate...
VINIFICATION: Certified Sustainably farmed; practicing Organic. Hand harvest. Partially de-stemmed and allowed to soak for 72 hours. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled, Stainless Steel tanks. Pressed to tank and allowed to settle. A portion of the wine is then racked off into new oak and aged for 12 months. Lightly fined and gently filtered.
TASTING NOTES: Cherry, Candied Spices, Tobacco & w/ a hint of Earth on the nose. The palate carries through with Bright Red Fruit notes including Cherry, Raspberry & Strawberry, along w/ hints of Tobacco Smoke & Chocolate. Juicy, a touch Tangy and easy drinking that belies the weight of this wine. Good, persistent finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Honey Garlic Chicken, Pappardelle with Sausage Ragu, Lamb/Chicken Pot Pie, Pizza, Bolognese.