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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Contra Costa County|
|Grapes||Montepulciano, Field Blend|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
Contra Costa County is the site of some of the oldest vines in the world, including some of the only remaining self-rooted ones. Originally planted by Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese immigrants at the start of the 20th century, the sandy soils of Contra Costa proved inhospitable to the phylloxera louse, which decimated vineyards the world over. These surviving heirloom vines, many now over 130 years old, provide a link to California winegrowing history - and still produce fantastic wine! Winemaker Matt Cline, along with his brother Fred, had been drawn to these old vines since the mid ‘80s, when the two men founded Cline Cellars, taking advantage of the old vines’ ability to produce wines of impressive concentration and vibrancy. Budwood is Matt’s newest project, building on his time with Cline Cellars, as well as with Three Wine Company to pay delicious homage to those old vines and their place in California winemaking. The Red Bluff was a steamboat that transported grapevine budwood and farmers through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in the early 20th century. This cuvée consists of 50% direct-pressed farmed montepulciano, and 50% of a “hodgepodge” field blend of those ancient own-rooted vines. A light-bodied, chillable red that delivers incredible value, with delicate layers of strawberry, cherry, red vine licorice, and a hint of spice. Bright acidity and lightly grippy tannins mingle for a totally refreshing quaff that displays surprising complexity for its lithe frame. Sustainably grown.