Wine Review & Notes
Gamble Family Vineyards Heritage Sites is a red blend from old vines and varieties that, prior to 1960, were much more familiar in Napa Valley. The vines range from 30 to 50 years old. Yields are naturally low, less than 2 tons per acre. Each variety is harvested and fermented separately. The fruit is destemmed and lightly crushed. It undergoes a cold soak and then fermented quickly. A basket press is used to separate the skins of the wines, and then the wine is transferred to 132 gallon oak puncheons and 60 gallon oak barrels for 18 months. 35% of the oak is new. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel and the final blend occurs a month before final bottling.