axr artalade montagna 2019
the 2019 vintage started with lots of winter and spring rain and in the summer it showed some similarities with 2018 with a little extra power to it. we had fewer heat spells than normal, but it was overall a little warmer than 2018. this translated into a long but warm growing season which gave us really nice ripeness and dense wines. we were also saved by some really nice morning fog that slowed down the ripening. for those that like dense, complex red wines with still a great acidity you will fall in love with this vintage.
artalade vineyard is a portion of the montanga estate located on pritchard hill, neighboring famous estates such as colgin, chappellet and tusk. pritchard hill is known for its volcanic and iron soils with a hint of clay. artalade sits in a unique geographical part of the “hill” perched at the edge of the vaca mountain range at 1,100 feet in altitude.