Desire Lines "Evangelho Vineyard" 2018
Carignan-Mourvèdre｜Contra Costa County
Approximately halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, you'll find the Evangelho vineyard sitting unassumingly amidst mixed farmland and PG&E power lines, its ancient, ungrafted, dry-farmed vines embedded in sandy soil at the intersection of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.
Portuguese settlers planted these vines 130 years ago; it is one of the last ungrafted vineyards in California, among the oldest, and the only one left in this area. You cannot recreate or mimic sites like this – there are only perhaps two or three vineyards like this left in the U.S.A. and once they're gone, they're gone!
Desire Lines's 2018 Evangelho Vineyard Red is a blend of 90% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre, showing delicate, lifted aromas of bing cherry, candied floral notes, blood orange, and potpourri. Decant it for at least two hours to release its full bouquet. Elegant, understated, and no less than a piece of California vineyard history. Absolutely incredible.