Philosophy: 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 varieties 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 Teroldego adds a refreshing acidic feel and tannic edge to a Pinot Noir influenced blend. Working within the vintage, the 2019 features a higher Merlot content and lighter body than previous years, but maintains all of Rosso’s hallmarks.
Vinification: The Pinot Noir, Teroldego, and Merlot were all picked on October 19th, 2019. The Teroldego was pressed on November 1st into second and third use barriques, and aged on its gross lees until blending on July 22nd, 2020. The Pinot Noir was fermented in open top bins, pressed on November 4th into demi-muds, and also left on its lees until July 22nd. The Merlot was partially fermented with the Teroldego to soften tannins, with a portion fermenting separately. No sugar was added for chaptalization; Sean decided to let the delicate fruitiness thrive.
Troglodyte is a name that was chosen by owner Marty Lagina meaning, “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 varieties sourced from our six estate vineyards with an intent on balanced blending.