In 1999 during the planting of our first vineyard on Old Mission Peninsula, Jamieson, an unknown mix of varietals inadvertently ended up in Row 7. It was a hot and frantic weekend of planting, and the Lagina’s called in friends and family for help. Plants were grabbed haphazardly and mistakes were made in an effort to save the vines from baking in the sun or over soaking in buckets of water.
Rather than correct our mistake, we decided to declare victory and call it a success, welcoming our first vintage of this flagship wine in 2006. Row 7’s eponymous wine is a field blend of those same varieties, a mysterious wine that delivers big, bold vintages year after year.
Vinification: The Row 7 hoop house was harvested on October 7th from our southernmost vineyard, Jamieson. After arrival at the winery, the grapes were fermented whole berry in a stainless steel pump-over tank all together. Pump-overs occurred several times daily and tapered down to once a day at the end of fermentation. Waiting until November 2nd to press, Winemaker Sean O’Keefe allowed tannins to polymerize—to become longer, building a subtler, less sharp, tannic presence. After pressing, the wine was transferred to first use French oak demi-muids, undergoing malolactic fermentation. After a year on the lees, the wine was racked on November 29th, 2018. It was then aged for another 14 months in oak until one light filtration and bottling on February 26th, 2020.