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.
2018 featured a very warm summer that led into an unseasonably cool September, maintaining below average temperatures for the rest of the ripening season. Our Nella Serra hoop houses allowed the grape sugars to fully ripen while maintaining a classic northern Michigan acidity. The cool degree days, and our sandy soils, accentuated bright brambleberry and cranberry notes that maintain a crisp character and fruity intensity without veering into a deeper jammy style. Firm barrel tannins balance the fruit against a higher than usual alcohol content due to extended time ripening on the vine.
This cool climate acid in this wine makes it the perfect foil for umami based dishes. Skirt steak with an herbal chimichurri or mushroom maltagliati will bring out fruity notes in the wine. Looking for something simple? Pair with a triple cream brie cheese.
The Row 7 hoop house was harvested on November 11th, 2018 from our southernmost vineyard, Jamieson. After arrival at the winery, the grapes were co fermented in a stainless steel pump-over tank until November 26th when they were pressed into two French oak demi-muids and several new and second use French oak barriques. Undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine aged for 22 months before the barrels were blended on August 19th, 2020, and bottled shortly after on September 15th.
Decant this wine! This is a very ripe, young wine; while it is enjoyable now, we recommend aging it for the best example of maturity and complexity. If drinking now,
decanting before serving or opening ahead of time will help the flavors to open.