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2018 Troglodyte Rosso

2018 Troglodyte Rosso

Varietals: 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Teroldego, 15% Merlot

Vineyard: Pinot Noir from Bella Vista and Grishaw Vineyard; Teroldego from Neeson Vineyard (2nd crop); Merlot from Grishaw Vineyard

ABV: 12.5%

Flavor Notes: Ripe and rich black cherry flavors, dark gritty tannins, and mouthwatering acidity from the Teroldego play off of the softer bramble berry Pinot Noir and herbal Merlot, making this a great wine for any occasion. Winemaker Sean O’Keefe believes in balance through blending; this is not just discards of wine thrown together. This philosophy is a driving force behind the Troglodyte wines, and these grapes were perfectly suited to pair up for this blend. The individual varietals forgo the spotlight in favor of a seamless blending of textures and flavors. For a long time, winemakers ran away from acidity while chasing big bordeauxs, but in this case the acidity from the Teroldego adds a refreshing feel. The tannins appear here as present but never overpowering. While this is not an obviously oaked wine, light oak does show on a largely clean finish. Upon release in October 2019 this wine showcases young attributes that will evolve over time.

Pairings: This would be a perfect wine to pair with a Mari charcuterie board. Think Italian meats and hard crystallized cheeses like parmesan or pecorino romano. Very versatile.

Vinification:  The Pinot Noir was fermented in stainless red wine fermenters, and kept in stainless for blending with barrel-aged Teroldego and Merlot towards the end (done in a variety of barrels). Light oak from the Teroldego and Merlot show on the finish, but this was not meant to be a heavily oaked wine. 

Cellaring: Enjoy now through 2026

Troglodyte was a term chosen by owner Marty Lagina that means “cave dweller”. Originally a term of derision, we believe it’s amusingly appropriate for how our winemaking team dwells in the Mari wine caves. The Troglodyte line features wines sourced from our six estate vineyards with an intent on balanced blending.

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Red Blend
Old Mission Peninsula
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