Release 23 - August 2018
Foot of the Bed Cellars 2017 Yolo County Rosé of Primitivo
YOLO But The Family Tradition Continues
“YOLO” or “you only live once” has become one of the most overused sayings of our time, perhaps even beating out the likes of “my bad” and “it is what it is.” Still, there is a time and a place for everything and Yolo, the county, is a very special place lying just east of Napa and just north of Sacramento. Berryessa Gap Vineyards was founded by Dan Martinez Sr. in the early 1960’s. He originally grew orchard fruits, but soon began collaborating with San Francisco-based winemaker Ernest Peninou to develop disease-resistant vine material. The Yolo Hills Viticulture Society was soon supplying rootstock to world-class vineyards throughout the state. Today, the second generation continues to grow a range of crops and also crafts a range of wines from the family’s land.
First brought to California at the beginning of the Gold Rush, California’s Zinfandel is
known as Primitivo in Southern Italy. Wildly popular with American miners in the second half
of the 19 th century, Zinfandel remains California’s second most planted red grape
today, overcoming the stigma of the White Zinfandel craze of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. No matter what you call it, the natural fruitiness of the varietal makes in a great
candidate for Rosé production. Head Winemaker Nicole Salengo has crafted the
perfect summertime sipper, brimming with watermelon and white pepper notes.
The family chooses to use Primitivo as a way to pay homage to the grape’s Adriatic
Foot of the Bed Cellars 2017 California Barbera
This is our second collaboration with David Scheidt, the man responsible for our
wildly popular Sangiovese released back in October of 2017. A Fresno native, David
grew up in a household that put a tremendous emphasis on enjoying food and wine
as a family. Although he attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a school known for its
viticulture programs, he majored in finance and began his career in the corporate
world. Eventually his love of wine brought him to pursue his passion full-time.
While he makes his wine in Sonoma County, he still resides in Fresno where he
remains involved in the community and lectures at Fresno State University. The
grapes for this wine were grown in the San Joaquin Valley. Although the area is
known for the quantity of the wine it produces, rather than the quality, David
convinced a longtime family friend to farm the vineyard to his exact specifications,
employing techniques that produce Barbera of tremendous flavor and character.
We were honored to go up to Cloverdale nearly to taste with David in his cellar this
past May. Tasting through numerous barrels, we were captivated by the soft, juicy
red fruits of this Barbera. Originally from northern Italy, it was clear that this grape
can do very well in California’s Central Valley with a little care taken in the vineyard.
To add some additional structure and body, David blended small splashes of Merlot
and Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique wine is the product of David’s expertise
throughout the process of creating something just for Foot of the Bed Cellars.